Heard the saying you are what you eat? Up to a point that is very true. A healthy diet full of vitamins should make you bright eyed and bushy tailed. A diet laden with fatty foods will make you put on weight. These days it is not always that easy to identify what you are eating. It could be an additive in a meal that is suspect or perhaps you buy, cook and consume ready meals prepared by others. Labeling may mean that the ingredients are listed but it is not always easy understanding the jargon.
China is notorious for poor animal farming selling meat from brutally killed animals or meat that has been handled and stores in an unsafe manner.
You would not expect to purchase unsafe meat in Western countries such as the UK but thnk again.
A London market has been caught selling meat unsafe for human consumption. This includes rat meat. Yes you read that right, rat meat!
Secret filming in London's Ridley Road Market showed the shocking truth. The evidence has been gathered by the BBC and not food health and safety officers as you might expect. Health officers have admitted that they were well aware of the illegal and unsafe meat sold in and around the market. Yet local council, Hackney, have not visited these establishments since 2009. That is more than negligent.
Meat acquired from the market, by the BBC, was assessed by Paul Povey, one of the "UK's leading experts in meat hygiene and inspections and a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health". He said "This is shocking, I am just so shocked to see so much of it. It's all illegal and hasn't undergone health control, hasn't been inspected and may well be contaminated. You've got to wonder about the contamination level of this meat that anyone's bringing into their kitchens."
The investigators made it clear that not all butchers and stall owners at this market were involved. Apart from the health risks to humans the often brutal slaughter of animals raises concerns. British laws regarding the slaughter of animals and sale of rogue meat have obviously been broken.
Full report here