Horse meat found in Tesco burgers
Ever fancied eating horse meat? Maybe you already did. That’s because ithas emerged that some beefburgers on sale in the UK and Ireland have somehow been contaminated with horsemeat.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said the meat had come from two processing plants in the Irish Republic - Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods, as well as the Dalepak Hambleton plant in Yorkshire.
The equine-flavoured burgers had been on sale in Tesco and Iceland in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, where they were also on sale in Dunnes Stores, Lidl and Aldi.
In one sample of the burgers sold in Tesco, 29% of the meat content was found to have been horsemeat. Tesco had two frozen burger products sold in the UK that were contaminated with horse DNA – which could mean anything really.
The offending burgers have now been pulled from sale and it has been revealed that there is no risk to human health. Of course there isn’t – it’s only a bit of horse.
If that wasn’t enough, 31 beef meal products, including cottage pie and lasagne, contained pig DNA, not great news for those who decline from eating pig for religious reasons.
But should we be all that bothered? The French eat plenty of horsemeat so why shouldn’t we? If some ‘artisan meat specialist’ banged out an overpriced horse burger, surely plenty of hipsters would be all over it, yes? Tell us your thoughts or phone our helpline if you’ve been affected by the issues in this story.
UPDATE: Asda have said that they're withdrawing certain burgers from their stores 'as a precaution'.