The horse meat scandal continues! Just when you thought it was safe to buy frozen lasagna overseas and ship it to your dinner table in Ohio, it's not. Food company Findus has discovered that some of their frozen "beef" lasagnas contained a whopping 60 to 100 percent horse meat and have recalled the product since the label obviously doesn't match what's inside. Horse meat poses no health risks. It's just kind of grossing people out.
Burger King was accidentally serving horse meat burgers in the U.K., and now the tainted meat supply has made its way into grocery store freezers. But the question everyone's asking is: Could this happen in the U.S.?
Burger King and Findus got their beef from vendors who said they were only using U.K.-sourced beef, but those vendors were lying. They were actually getting meat, presumably cheaper meat because let's be real, money-saving was almost certainly the motive, from processing plants in Poland and France that had supplemented their beef with horse meat, which, again, presumably bore a cost-savings.
So, as far as I can see it, yes, horse meat-tainted beef could definitely happen in the U.S. because as long as there are liars and people willing to cut corners to make a buck, then of course -- this could happen anywhere.
Additionally, in 2011, Congress lifted its five-year ban on slaughtering horses for human consumption, making it easier for swindley horse meat to wind up in our burgers.
The solution? Freak out, of course. Go vegan, ASAP. Start yelling at your neighbors (neigh-bors? get it?) that horse meat is everywhere. Or, you know, embrace it -- horse meat's the only meat that gets more tender as it ages, so mmm, it has that going for it.
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