The extent of the food scandal involving horse meat in processed food in the UK indicates that we have a huge problem. For all our sophisticated, modern labelling just what is contained in products such as ready-meals and burgers appears to be a mystery. 100% beef is anything but in some cases leaving more than just a nasty taste in the mouth.
Initial investigations point to companies in Ireland and France but the FSA, food standards agency’s announcement that horse destined for the food chain in France contained the EU banned substance Phenylbutazone, or bute, shows that the UK is not a total innocent in this matter.
Consumers need to be able to trust retailers and food producers. The mere hint of a food scandal could see a manufacturer put out of business in record time. That is the least of our worries though. Until these products are deemed safe and fit for human consumption by the FSA we do not know if our health has been damaged.
Instead of one scandalous revelation after another the British people need to see action. The FSA and the government must urgently address the issues. If necessary ‘heads must roll’. If no person or persons are held to account there will be no deterrent against future wrongdoing. The green eyed monster of greed may prove too tempting to unscrupulous traders.
The advice late Friday was not too simply ‘dump’ food, which you suspect of containing horsemeat, such as Findus Lasagne or Tesco 100% beef burgers, but to eat as normal until the FSA confirmed otherwise.
Oh really. You can bet your bottom dollar that wheelie bins around the UK will be full of processed food that purports to be 100% beef.
Updates will follow in due course