Even the dimmest bulb on the street must realise that horsemeat is harmless? It’s just meat, for fuck’s sake. I have eaten it over in France [accidentally, I confess – I realised on a return trip to the hypermarket that I had gone to the wrong counter before]. I have also eaten snails / escargot and they were fucking delicious. In my student days when I frequented Dublin’s curry houses I probably ate cat, dog, rat and seagull and it never did me any harm.
But the “authorities” were running around in circles yesterday frantically assuring us that “there was no danger to public health” as if we were total morons. It’s their own fucking fault for being so obsessed with “public health” whatever that is.
They are holding all sorts of “inquiries” and “investigations” to discover the source of this heinous act. They are treating it as “extremely serious”. Lorry loads of reasonably edible burgers are going to be dumped for no reason other than upsetting their over-regulated industry. Why can’t they just stick new labels on them and flog them as a novelty item?
The only thing the supermarkets are guilty of is breaching trade descriptions. If I order beef, I expect beef. If I order horse, I expect horse. That’s it. Plain and simple. If I had bought any of the “offending” burgers, I wouldn’t bother my arse returning them, but then I never buy any of that processed shit the big supermarkets fob off on us. I know their burgers are made with the lowest quality scrapings off the bone and are more crap than beef. I prefer to make my own burgers with fresh [local] mince, egg and herbs. Delicious, and Shergar-free.
The highlight of the episode was a statement from Tescos.
"The safety and quality of our food is of the highest importance to Tesco. We will not tolerate any compromise in the quality of the food we sell. The presence of illegal meat in our products is extremely serious. Tesco is working with the authorities in Ireland and the UK, and with the supplier concerned, to urgently understand how this has happened and how to ensure it does not happen again".
Basically he could have said the whole thing in two words.