Horsemeat found in burgers

"Horse DNA has been found in some beef burgers being sold in UK and Irish supermarkets, the Republic of Ireland's food safety authority (FSAI) has said." [BBC]



    1. Exactly.  Cows eat everything in their path, including some horseapple, deer pellets and whatever else is in the field. (If they’re even in a field, ever.)

  1. At least they found actual meat which more than I can say for what some fast food places serve on this side of the Atlantic.

      1. Yep.  That and “I bet that did not enter the food supply chain in a FDA (or local equivalent) approved manner”

  2. The taboo regarding horse meat mystifies me. Apparently it tastes just fine and is leaner than beef.. but you try to chow on a horseburger in America (and apparently the UK), you’re going to get some serious stinkeye.

    I guess because horses are pets now means they get immunity from the BBQ.

    1. It’s still cool in Quebec.  I lived in Montreal for a while and a good percentage of chain grocery stores carried it.  It’s altogether great lean meat.

    2. Every so often there are articles in the UK press shocked at the amount of horse meat exported out of the country.  I remember reading an article a couple of years ago about the number leaving the country that mentioned something about it being brought up in a shocked parliament too (I’m sure I remember reading an article on this very site but I can’t seem to find it so I must be imagining that).  I imagine it’s the same in the US.  Can’t see the same publications and politicians being shocked at society’s acceptable meats. 

    3. I grew up on 5-acres of “Horse Property” and was tasked with watering and feeding the horses morning and night 365 as well as mucking stalls building/repairing loads of fences over the weekend.

      If I could get it in the States, I would gladly pay to eat some horse.

    4. It’s very common in The Netherlands, sold at regular butchers alongside cow/pork/lamb, etc. It was a bit of a shock when I just moved here and I was grateful when my local butcher explained to me, in English, what I was getting when I asked for the Weekly Special (it’s common for butchers to have a weekly discounted cut and that particular week it was horse meat).

      1. I went with some friends for a New Year’s Eve dinner at a Chinese restaurant in SF many years ago. I decided to order the “game with braised leeks”. The waiter became mildly agitated and kept pointing at my friend’s very light blond hair and saying, “Like dog! Like cat!” over and over. I ordered it anyway, and we wrote down the character. When we finally found someone to translate it, it turned out to be golden weasel.

        1. I once went out to a hotpot restaurant with a Chinese/Scottish couple I know, so we let the wife order, as she was Chinese. The donkey meat was delicious (even better than horse, I’d say), the silkworms were OK and the hotpot was pretty good (the soup had seahorse and trumpet fish), but we were a bit surprised at the end at how expensive it all was. Apparently bull penis is good for men and adds a lot to the cost of a meal like that. Still, it did encourage me to improve my Chinese enough to be able to read the more exotic menu items.

    5. We tried horsemeat sashimi at at Korean restaurant in Shinjuku.  It was wonderful – like an equine Carpaccio but without any distracting dressing and the meat was tender and actually tasted like meat.

  3. Its a question of labeling, not meat. If they’d label it properly there would be no problem.

    Its better than the allegedly beef burgers we get at McDonut here in Jersey City, which consist mostly of bull shit and saw dust.Nothing wrong with horse meat. Some of the better steaks I’ve in Montréal (at “Geronimo” so it was a looong time ago,) were Mustang steaks. Free range buffalo meat is better though. Better for you too.

  4. I hate this life! The food is filthy! This huge sausage is very suspicious. If I didn’t know better, I’d say it was a horse’s wi–

    1. Even ignoring the prion issues, it’s still not a good idea from a food safety standpoint.  Humans are long-lived apex predators, so we bioconcentrate things like polychlorinated biphenyls and heavy metals.

  5. Futurama, “Luck of the Fryrish”

    Vendor: “Get your piping hot horse burgers horse fries, horse cakes and shakes. We got tongue, straight from the horse’s mouth.”
    Leela: “Hmm.”
    Hermes: “It all sounds good.”
    Vendor: “All our horses are 100% horse-fed for that double-horse “juiced-in” goodness.”
    Leela: “I’ll have the cholesterol-free omelet with horse-beaters.”
    Vendor: “And you, Sir? How can I horse you?”
    Hermes: “I’ll have a horse Coke.”
    Vendor: “Horse Pepsi okay?”
    Hermes: “Nay.”

      1. Listen, Jack; I’m nobody’s foal.  Cutting horse is a cinch, but you may need a hand if you’re not a cold blooded stud like me.  Sorry if that sounds tacky, but at night my posts can gait a bit lame.

        Mare Winningham.

  6. Just to tack on to the comments about horse meat being good to eat: There is an argument to be made that allowing horse slaughter for meat reduces horse abuse and neglect cases. If people have a place they can take older or unwanted horses and get a few hundred bucks for them, they are less likely to just let them stand in paddocks in unhealthy conditions because people can’t or won’t take care of them properly. This of course assumes that the slaughter house will treat and kill the animals humanely.

      1.  I do not really think it is an either/or situation.You can have your foal cutlet and I’ll take my “Old Paint” burgers.

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