For the some of you that may not know, in the news recently there’s been a “Horsemeat Scandal”. To summarise, some beef products (primarily beef burgers and lasagne) have found traces of horsesmeat (and/or horse DNA inside them).
The problem with this? Well of course, the obvious issue here trust. People trust what the label says, if it says beef, you expect beef. I understand that. But, however, we all know that not every bit of meat is 100% pure of that meat, especially when it comes to processed food. Nevertheless, I understand the problem.
But what I don’t understand, is the issue. People’s reactions. At first, people sounded disgusted at the thought of eating horsemeat. This completely astonished me! We have:
- Lamb, from a sheep (well, a lamb…)
- Pork, from a pig
- Beef, from a cow
- Chicken… from a chicken
You get the point, we eat many types of animals. So why should there be shock over horse meat? It’s just another animal.
Now this, this is where to story becomes even more… silly, if you ask me. The “contaminated” products have been removed from the shelves. So just to clarify. We’re currently in a recession, the price of food is going up and they have removed perfectly good and what appears to be safe, edible food from the shelves. What I don’t understand is why not just sell it as a discounted price? Or, re-package it with “Horse” instead of “Beef”. It also seems… astonishing! Especially when people at home have been told to not throw away “beef” products (from my last hearing).
So when it comes to a summary of my views, I think the whole thing has been blown out of proportion. Mean as it may sound. it’s just another animal at the end of the day. If it’s safe to eat, then why not do so?