Before I get into my story, I'll give a little background as I don't know what the media coverage has been like outside of the UK. We are currently embroiled in a 'Horsemeat Scandal'. Horse meat and pork have been found in products claiming to be 100% beef. It's mainly been found in value or low cost food items, and the speculation is that after the banning of MRM (mechanically recovered meat, where a high pressure water jet is used on the bones of animals and the sinews that come away are used as cheap meat), suppliers simply can't afford to put beef in cheap meals.
As you can imagine, this has caused major outcry for several reasons including religious and cultural. However the most worrying thing is that horses for human consumption can NEVER have been drugged with Bute. It's not safe for humans to use (although I know some riders do stupidly use it).
So the upshot of all this is that a lot of food brands have been pulled from the shelves and are not to be sold.
Yesterday, I popped into my local corner shop. I don't really like shopping there as the stock is never checked and often I've taken something home only to find its years out of date, and the owner has a bit of a fancy for me that makes me uncomfortable. Anywho it's right across the road from my house and needs must when you have two screaming children to contend with!
So I popped in and was browsing in the frozen section, when to my absolute amazement I saw an entire freezer stuffed full of a particular brand/meal that was proven to be 100% horse meat.
My jaw hit the floor. Not only has the entire nation been following this story from the start, but Mr Cashier Man was sat right next to a huge wall of newspapers ALL bearing large photos of some of the particular brands containing horsemeat.
When I confronted the cashier and told him he would have to get rid of his stock, he shrugged and laughed and said a bit of horse never hurt anyone. Unbelievable. Regardless of the fact that we as consumers deserve to know the truth about what we are eating, there is the massive worry of Bute contamination.
At that point I gave up, went home and phoned my local council.
Honestly, I try to have sympathy for retail slaves as I was one for long enough but this just took the biscuit.
May your food be labelled correctly,