A Gift Horse in the Mouth

I hardly need to say that the deliberate palming off of horse meat as beef is illegal. Or that this deception has also been  done for the worst of motives (i.e -.a quick and dirty profit). 

So my next question is: What else has gone into the mincer? 

If these criminals can get away with passing off a completely different animal species as beef how many thousands of sub standard or condemned cattle carcasses have also been processed?

Bearing in mind this was a criminal activity, I wouldn't be at all surprised to find meat that was actually unfit for pet-food (let alone people) got put into the mincer as well.

Clearly the European inspection process has been cursory or non existent. After all this suspect beef was  actually from the WRONG species. Any inspection process that misses that must be a farce.

Look at a parallel with the drugs trade (both legal and illegal).

Alcohol is strictly regulated. People may die from over consumption but not from illegal additives.

Compare that to the illegal drug trade. Anything and everything gets added to bolster the drug dealers profit. Money is the only focus. The health of the drug takers is of no concern.

The difference between a criminal dealing in drugs and one dealing in suspect meat is paper thin.

Anyone who believes the pathetic government spin that this crime was simply a matter of packet mis-labelling is living in a dream world.


Dioclese said...

I've had a horse meat steak - and very good it was too! Certainly better than Gambian beef. Mind you, I think the Metaxa helped...

Dioclese said...

...and it occurs to me that when all those thousands of Romanians come pouring across our border next year then at least they'll be used to the food?

BilloTheWisp said...

Hmmm yes I like a bit of horse too, but preferably horse (or beef) that hasn't been laying around because nobody wanted to buy it as horse meat.

Maybe Dioclese, you have hit on the perfect way to stop the coming continental invasion. Publish the fact that they will be fed with the stuff they palmed off on us and they might think twice.

Anonymous said...

Man walks into McDonalds and asks for a beef burger.

Would you like anything on it asks the girl

A fiver each way he replies

BilloTheWisp said...

And you cannot blame the guy for betting on a dead cert. After all, a lot of this dodgy "beef" is actually old Irish racehorses.

It must be the ultimate in fast food.

Anonymous said...

of course he became seriously ill as a result and had to be rushed into hospital....

His condition is reported as - stable

BilloTheWisp said...

I surrender!