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Feb 8, 2013 09:08 AM

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 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.