According to this BBC article, horsemeat and pork were recently found in ground beef processed in Ireland. While Ireland’s food safety organization emphasized there was no safety issues eating the meat, they noted there were quite a few ethical issues including eating a meat not traditionally eaten in the country as well as delivering a product which did not conform to religious standards such as halal or kosher.
From the article:
A total of 27 products were analysed, with 10 of them containing horse DNA and 23 containing pig DNA.
Horsemeat accounted for approximately 29% of the meat content in one sample from Tesco.
In addition, 31 beef meal products, including cottage pie, beef curry pie and lasagne, were analysed, of which 21 tested positive for pig DNA.
What would you do if you found the meat you were eating was 29% horsemeat? Recently there was the usual Facebook outcry over the idea that horsemeat should be permitted for eating in the US. What side of the fence do you sit on? Do you wonder what sort of cross-contamination exists in the foods we eat? Do you expect more from the FDA here in the United States than what was seen in Ireland here? Whatever you have to say about this one, go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.