Current Event Februar

Food scandals in Europe have been plentiful this past month, with the latest receiving a lot of press and involving horse meat that has made its way into German kitchens, not to mention the food court at IKEA. At the moment, the EU is not aware of the perpetrators of the scandal, but is leading an investigation and in discussions regarding the regulations of mass meat production.
Some experts have remarked on the discrepancies and un-clearness of food labelling in Germany, while others are more interested in the motivation behind the mixing or substituting of meat. The addition or mixing of horse meat to beef cuts costs perceptibly. Another issue surrounding the scandal is the fact that the meat has not been traced to a region of Europe. Some are hoping the meat is from the East because horses there are possibly being raised for meat, whereas in Western Europe the probability of meat coming from domestic riding horses means an increase in the probability that the horses have been treated with drugs not intended to be present in meat for human consumption.
The disgust and outrage at the horse meat scandal stems not only from the fraud and potential health concerns, but also from the simple truth that most Europeans do not view horse meat as fit for human consumption, as horses are primarily kept as domestic pleasure or work creatures in Europe.
Luckily for small and medium sized butchers, the scandal has generally caused fury at larger meat supply companies, and in some cases means that neighborhood butchers are actually seeing an increase in business.


1 comment:

  1. I was just patting Mark & Nervin this morning! I've always felt conflicted about being ok with eating meat from an animal I don't know while being repulsed by the idea of eating one with which I have a personal relationship. It's like I am throwing out the first UU principle!!