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Frozen Lasagna in UK found to be 70 - 100 % Horsemeat

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  1. Unlikely -- horsemeat is not already present in the food network in the US -- it is legal and a regular food item in the UK and Europe.

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    1. re: sunshine842

      I have not read much about this to be honest, but apart from the upset about people being sold something that is not what is advertised, the crux of the issue is that people are not sure whether this horse meat was intended for human consumption. If it wasn't then there could be traces of horse drugs - which is known to damage human health.

      I think that this just goes to show that although ready meals have their place - nothing beats knowing your local butcher, fishmonger and greengrocer - I hope that people in the UK start supporting their local shops. If I can't be bothered to cook I love the steak pie I can get from my local supplier - no dubious ingredients added!

      ETA - sorry, I haven't got the hang of this new replying system yet!! Prob replied in the wrong place!

    2. I'm guessing that the Mad Cow problem there is what caused horsemeat to become a substitute. To me, it would be like eating dog.

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      1. re: EWSflash

        Nope. Horsemeat was around long before mad cow -- like, centuries.

        In France, horsemeat is more expensive than beef....so the whole thing is a little bizarre.

        1. re: EWSflash

          In Italy, Horsemeat, (carne di cavallo), is considered a healthy alternative to beef and pork, it is organically raised just for human consumption, not old pleasure horses that are full of pain killers antibiotics, etc. It is quite tasty and less fatty than other red meats.

          1. re: ospreycove

            How about Romania? That is apparently the source of this horsemeat that got mixed in with beef in France.

            1. re: paulj

              from a fully licensed, EU-certified abattoir who did all the billing correctly. Everybody in the EU was quick to jump to the conclusion that because they're Romanian, surely that was where the problem was.

              The abbatoir is not, however, the culprit in this one -- and even with the multiple and extensive testing they've done, they've only found but (the drug) in a tiny sample of meat-- and I've not seen anything that links that abbatoir with the samples that had but.

        2. Damn. Those Brits get all the good stuff.

          1. Brits are eating horse and their dogs are furious.

            Mad dogs and Englishmen.....

            1. Didn't I read that horsemeat has been legalized in the U.S.?

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              1. re: sandylc

                it was, but there aren't any butchering facilities in the US

                1. re: sandylc

                  I don't think it was ever illegal in the USA (as a whole). But for a number of years the USDA was not allowed to fund inspectors for horse slaughter. That restriction was dropped in the last USDA funding bill. But considering that sequestration may affect all USDA inspectors, I don't expect any change in horse business in the USA.

                2. The horsemeat found here in the UK came from a food producer in France, That's not an excuse and the industry is meeting today to figure things out and hopefully improve their testing. No one in England eats horsemeat and people are appalled.

                  I'll also mention that the brand found to have the horsemeat is kind of a cheapie brand, although that doesn't excuse what happened in the least.

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                  1. re: zuriga1

                    It wasn't Findus - it was *their* supplier.

                    I've tried a number of Findus products over the years - -I have yet to find one that was worth the price, regardless of what's in it.

                    1. re: sunshine842

                      <It wasn't Findus - it was *their* supplier.>

                      That's just what I said.

                      1. re: zuriga1

                        Findus is a French food producer (Findus is a French company) -- so your statement was a bit ambiguous.

                  2. EWA/WHFF Expose llegal Horse Meat Shipments through Port of Houston TX

                    http://rtfitchauthor.com/2013/02/25/e...

                    1. So if British shepherds pie has to have mutton, and cottage pie beef, what do they call one made with horse?

                      "You might be surprised to find horse meat hiding under a frilly layer of potato. British-style cottage pies, with gravy, beef and carrots under the smashed spuds, have been withdrawn from scores of school cafeterias in England, Wales and Scotland after DNA tests found horse meat inside. France made similar discoveries in its potato-topped pie called hachis Parmentier."
                      http://www.news-journalonline.com/art...

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                      1. re: paulj

                        If Shepherd's Pie has mutton then perhaps Wrangler's Pie would have horse?

                      2. If you buy horse meat it is probably tainted with beef or pork. ;-)

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                        1. re: Antilope

                          heeheehee --that's one way of looking at it!

                          1. re: Antilope

                            better warn the muslims and the orthodox jews about the pork

                            1. re: westsidegal

                              all joking aside -- they did find some pork in some meatballs sold as beef. It wasn't very much, and it was pretty isolated, but it rattled a few people.

                          2. anything "could" be hidden in hamburger meat.
                            we've already had ammonia mixed in (pink slime) with no labeling requirement and with the complete ok of our government,
                            pretty much any adulterating substance chemical could be ground in. . . . .

                            1. At least the Brit's still have a sense of humor:

                              You may recall the turmoil in the UK over horse meat being sold as beef? Well, here’s some English humor (humour?) about it:


                              A woman has been taken into hospital after eating horse meat burgers from Tesco. Her condition is said to be stable

                              Not entirely sure how Tesco are going to get over this hurdle.

                              Tesco Quarter Pounders: The affordable way to buy your daughter the pony that she's always wanted!

                              Had some burgers from Tesco for my tea last night....
                              I still have a bit between my teeth

                              Tesco are now testing all their vegetarian burgers for traces of unicorn

                              Anyone want a burger from Tesco?
                              yay or neigh?

                              "I've just checked the Tesco burgers in my freezer...AND THEY'RE OFF!"

                              I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse....."

                              Tesco is now forced to deny presence of zebra in burgers, as shoppers confuse the barcodes for serving suggestions.

                              A cow walks into a bar.
                              Barman says 'Why the long face?'
                              Cow says 'Illegal ingredients, coming over here stealing our jobs!'

                              I hear the smaller version of those Tesco burgers make great horse d'oeuvres.

                              These Tesco burger jokes are going on a bit.

                              Talk about flogging a dead…. NO! NO NO NO!

                              Said to the wife ‘These Tesco burgers have given me terrible trots.’

                              To beef or not to beef. That is equestrian

                              My comment: Where is Clara Peller when we really need her. For those that don’t remember that Wendy’s commercial from the 80’s, you can review it at:
                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug75di.... They should run that one over in the UK.