Monday, February 11, 2013
A scandal. Someone has been substituting horsemeat for beef in frozen burgers, lasagnes and moussakas.
At the end of last week , when it looked as if it was only a British problem, the announcer on French breakfast radio cheerfully informed us that the issue was a minor one . ''It is due to the English veneration for horses. It could not happen here " .
By Monday morning the contamination has been traced to a French producer . Over the weekend all the local supermarkets have followed their British counterparts and pulled frozen beef items from the shelves. The same radio commentator now announces that it is a ' Catastrophe '. The government minister responsible for consumer affairs is interviewed. '' No cause for alarm. Horse meat is not poisonous. There will be an emergency meeting of the meat industry this morning to get to the bottom of things ". This is supposed to be reassuring.
It seems that horses have been bannned from pulling carts in Romania. As a result there has been a glut of horses being slaughtered. The price of horsemeat has collapsed. Someone has been buying cheap horsemeat in Romania, trucking it across Europe and substituting it for beef in France and Luxembourg. It then turns up in frozen beef products across the continent. We have fish for lunch.