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Les Miserables.........altogether now!!!!
"....Food beyond compare
Food beyond belief
Mix it in a mincer
And pretend its beef
Kidney of a horse
Liver of a cat
Filling up the sausages
With this and that...
Ain't got a clue
what he put in this stew
Must have scraped it off the street..!"
(Les Miserable's, 2012)
So we are all eating horse instead of beef aye? Big deal. Anyway, I always thought it was lucky to find a horseshoe? I suppose it can be annoying to chip your tooth biting into a ready meal watching the Champions League. But it is a big deal because humans don't like to eat cute animals they have empathy with. As yet Netto don't sell Dolphin Burgers. Britain's 10 million domestic cats can eat 55 million birds a year and we still adore them but God forbid if we have to see a horse shuffling into an abattoir with scared wide eyes. The more aesthetically challenged pigs and cows, on the other hand, are almost pushed into the abattoir by the greedy meat happy consumer in disgust at their looks and so out of sight.
The irony here is if horse meat and cuts were legal on the U.K. plate it would be a delicacy and worth four fold what it is. We eat venison, right? But as its not its one quarter the value of beef and why supermarkets - allegedly- cant resist sneaking it in along the food chain to keep prices down and profits up as they continue to squeeze farmers to the point they can't breathe. The middle-class have appeared shocked at this revelation and flocking to local butchers to buy their meet and make their point, the point all along being they can afford to and the proletariat can't.
It all started going seriously wrong last year when the pesky EU changed the law on what could constitute 'mince' so allowing a Trojan horse ruling to let generally unwanted horse meat and God knows what into the economy food chain that snakes around Europe from East to West, the simple act of subcontracting, the crack in the door the supermarkets had been lobbying for. 'Hey, we ask contractor A for beef so its not our fault if contractor D uses horse meat from contractor B and C guys', shrug the supermarkets, knowing full well at some point cheap unknown substitutes are going in and only have to be named as an ingredient of mince. We already know there are crushed eyeballs and testicles in there so why not horse? This ruling was to help emerging markets in Eastern Europe contribute to the general meat industry more. One right - wing rag suggested that a new traffic law in Romania that took horse and carts off the roads meant owners simply had to get rid of their horses and sold them to the knacker's yard and then criminal gangs ground the meat into the chain. Others blame France, where horse meat can be bought in the shops. But the reality is there is demand for cheap meat substitute for those horrible burgers and so abattoirs and meat processors in ALL countries that horses are get rid off chance their arm.
The main problem is, if you can call it that, is British's beef herds are over regulated due to Mad Cow disease and so British meat more expensive and so the supermarkets go abroad and sub contract for value, the way high street fashion retailers get around the claim that they use third world sweatshop child labor to keep clothes prices down. The DEFRA food health & safety guys say they weren't testing for horse DNA and so not their fault, only interesting in food bugs and violations, even though this ruling had a neon sign flashing on it. But, like the grotty old folk's homes full of wailing dementia patients, they ring ahead to tell them they are coming to inspect your premises because we, all of us, don't want to find the abuse that we know is there and always will be so we don't have to acknowledge it and do something about it.
When I worked at a very well known supermarket we would ALWAYS get tipped off the health inspector was coming by a good 4 hours. They didn't want to catch us breaking the law because that makes the system unravel and we all gape in amazement through the media on just how unsafe the food chain is. Our yard would be full of bacon, meat and perishables burning in the sun because there simply was no room in the chillers, profit over safety every time. NEVER do supermarkets ring ahead and say we don't have room for your stock. Our jobs depend on working in the grey area. It's how the profit chasing system works.
The next part of the horsemeat story will be the racing industry, the discovery of a drug familiar to that sport in some of this meat, suggesting that's where a lot of the horses that don't quite make it on the track end up in the supermarket freezer. Its believed up to 4000 race horses a year are 'retired', a simple injury in a colt or gelding enough to send them to the knackers yard as stabling costs are so high for owners. 10,000 horses a year are believed to be killed in the United Kingdom as they are no longer needed. It's illegal to kill healthy horses but it happens and nothing is done about it. Again we don't look as we will find the truth we already know. One or two of you that like a wager my well be quite literally eating your betting slips this weekend in the ready meal. With Cheltenham and the Grand National not far away the animal libbers will be on their game for this. Expect disruption.
My favorite meat remains the white stuff, chicken and poultry, my Saturday night deep fried chicken and chips always worth looking forward to after the footy. I hate ready meals and beef joints and lamb and fish are my thing. I do, however, buy budget burgers and Ross stakes type thing to mash into my pastas and rice meals. I know any crunches in them are knuckles and eye sockets but I just block it from my mind and savor the taste inducing chemicals in the food. We are too lazy to prepare decent food and so until we do we have little right to moan about cheap and disgusting food we demand.
Summary: Prepare your food.