Tesco, Aldi, Lidl Iceland and Dunnes selling horsemeat

  Al94 19:08 15 Jan 2013

Well at least some of their burgers have contained a percentage http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21034942

I'm sure they tasted ok.

  csqwared 19:23 15 Jan 2013

The only problem i see with that is they have been selling them as 'beef' burgers. There does seem to be a hang up in the UK with the use of horse flesh as a foodstuff. It brings to mind people who will happily eat meat until told it's veal (calf), rabbit or venison (bambi).

  interzone55 22:52 15 Jan 2013

I think any Jewish customers would have serious problems with traces of pig & horse DNA in a supposedly beef product.

Maybe they're going to have un boucher chevalin working on the meat counter...

  Forum Editor 23:45 15 Jan 2013

I'm sure that the supermarkets involved didn't know about this, so no blame attaches to them.

It's a matter for investigation with the manufacturers, and as the BBC report confirmed - there's no health risk involved.

Storm in a teacup, but will be front page banner headline in tomorrow's Daily Mail.

  robgf 23:53 15 Jan 2013

I usually eat the supermarket value brands and it wouldn't surprise me at all to find horse, dog, cat, or whatever meat in the shepherds pie. It wouldn't actually bother me, meat is meat, cute animals are just as tasty as the ugly ones.

  Forum Editor 00:10 16 Jan 2013


The real point here is that someone has possibly deliberately added horse and/or pig meat to items that are sold as 'beefburgers' without the retailers or consumers knowing anything about it.

  finerty 06:38 16 Jan 2013

I remember back in the 70's and 80's there use to be a fastfood place called ameican dine away on the A4. They use to serve horsemeat.

  Quickbeam 07:51 16 Jan 2013

"A total of 27 burger products were analysed, with 10 of them containing traces of horse DNA and 23 containing pig DNA."

It's probably just down to slack production procedures, like following a beef production run after a pork or horse meat production run without a full wash down of the mechanical equipment. Traces of horse meat rather that a 5/10% content of horse meat that require a DNA test to spot them point to that.

When I was in the bakery trade in the '70s & '80s, there was also a large butchery department within the same company and it was common to follow straight on with a different product, any slight remains of a previous product run still on the mixing blades were not even considered, and anything went into the sausage roll filling!

  Quickbeam 07:56 16 Jan 2013

...and I would think that an awful lot of manufacturers of meat products are at this minute altering their production procedures in anticipation of national dangerous dogs panic over the inevitable foreign meat DNA scare that will run for a few weeks until the next national scare arrives...

  Al94 08:13 16 Jan 2013

It appears that a "binding agent" imported from Europe could be the source of the horse meat. All of the meat plants involved have been accused of some dodgy practices in the past.

  morddwyd 08:21 16 Jan 2013

29% (in one sample) is more than just a trace - it's nearly a third!

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