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.