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

rustyc Feb 8, 2013 09:08 AM

could this happen here?


  1. mucho gordo Mar 4, 2013 10:42 AM

    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.

    1. westsidegal Mar 3, 2013 01:25 PM

      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. Antilope Mar 3, 2013 11:22 AM

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

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          sunshine842 Mar 3, 2013 12:58 PM

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

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            westsidegal Mar 3, 2013 01:26 PM

            better warn the muslims and the orthodox jews about the pork

            1. re: westsidegal
              sunshine842 Mar 3, 2013 02:10 PM

              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. paulj Feb 27, 2013 06:29 PM

            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."

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            1. re: paulj
              drongo Mar 3, 2013 01:08 PM

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

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              rustyc Feb 25, 2013 07:33 AM

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


              1. zuriga1 Feb 8, 2013 11:25 PM

                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
                  sunshine842 Feb 9, 2013 01:51 AM

                  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
                    zuriga1 Feb 9, 2013 08:22 AM

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

                    That's just what I said.

                    1. re: zuriga1
                      sunshine842 Feb 9, 2013 03:14 PM

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

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                  sandylc Feb 8, 2013 09:20 PM

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

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                  1. re: sandylc
                    sunshine842 Feb 8, 2013 10:59 PM

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

                    1. re: sandylc
                      paulj Feb 27, 2013 06:26 PM

                      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. Antilope Feb 8, 2013 07:39 PM

                      Brits are eating horse and their dogs are furious.

                      Mad dogs and Englishmen.....

                      1. ipsedixit Feb 8, 2013 07:35 PM

                        Damn. Those Brits get all the good stuff.

                        1. EWSflash Feb 8, 2013 07:17 PM

                          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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                            sunshine842 Feb 8, 2013 10:59 PM

                            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
                              ospreycove Mar 3, 2013 03:59 PM

                              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
                                paulj Mar 3, 2013 06:12 PM

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

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                                  sunshine842 Mar 3, 2013 10:58 PM

                                  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. sunshine842 Feb 8, 2013 09:18 AM

                              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
                                alisonk Feb 9, 2013 03:38 AM

                                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!

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