The Horse Meat Scandal Explained in 2 Minutes

The Horse Meat Scandal Explained in 2 Minutes

In January 2013, horse meat was found in beef
burgers sold at several supermarkets in the UK. Of 27 beef products tested by the FSA,
37% contained horse DNA. Over half of Findus beef lasagnes tested contained between 60%
and 100% horse meat. Some people say that it’s a big fuss over
nothing. No-one has become ill and we aren’t all going to turn into some weird half horse
half man hybrid. Maybe we are just freaking out because we think horses are all lovely
and cute. These people are wrong. The real scandal is
that we have no idea what is in our food. The supply chain is so complex that no-one,
not companies, not governments, not me, not you really has a clue. The horse meat came from a Romanian abattoir
that delivered it to the Netherlands who sold it to a French company who sent it to Luxembourg
where it was made into meals for British and Irish supermarkets. Everyone in the supply
chain has been chomping at the bit to cut costs, because if they don’t then someone
else will get the contract. They cut costs by cutting corners. The supermarkets in the UK demand cheap food
and don’t ask enough questions about where it comes from. W hile Governments all over
Europe have removed regulations to make things easier for their super market friends. And
the hard truth is we as consumers haven’t demanded to know where our food comes from
because we’ve been enjoying the cheap prices and what do you prefer, this or this. But all that’s changing. We now realise the
food system is broken. We can’t trust the people we thought we could and we can’t ignore
it any longer. We must say NAAAY! NAAAY to lack of regulation.
We need MOOO. Mooo straight forward supply chains. Mooo information about where our food
comes from. This is what we think. What about you?

26 thoughts on “The Horse Meat Scandal Explained in 2 Minutes

  1. We need the governments in other countries to do something. By the time the food gets here the horse has bolted (if you'll excuse the pun).

  2. MORE REGULATION + BETTER INFORMATION, not only what sort of meat in "beef" but i.e. how much meat in a sausage and what else in it displayed prominently on the package (similar to cigarette warnings). If something is less then – lets say – 80% meat it shouldn't be called meat.

  3. It bugs me that one factory supplies many stores all over Europe and the packages look different, have different prices and all contain the same stuff. We are not to eat national food any more but international rubbish. It is not just about meat. It applies to all food. And one insane person in a plant could kill all of us.

  4. Just because the video was light hearted doesn't give us free rein to make silly comments. Stop trying to stirrup trouble.

  5. Though I agree with your main argument (that our food system is absolutely complex, we need more transparency along the supply chain, etc.) I think you haven't addressed small scale farmers.
    I know for a fact that small scale (organic) farmers are frequently ruined by regulations (geared at large-scale agri-industrial producers). And though I don't disagree that large scale producers NEED regulations because they tend to look at everything in economic terms. But the little guy is over looked

  6. This is a v. interesting point. I agree that whatever regulations need to be put in place shouldn't affect the little guys negatively. I would hope that if customers knew more about what was in their meat they would choose small farmers over the big ones any day of the week

  7. Thanks for replying so quickly. And, of course, I entirely agree. Our food system is so abstracted from direct interaction – especially for those of us living in cities (which is the majority of Europeans/Americans).

    I worked with a few small scale farmers who said they couldn't afford the organic label but invited consumers to show up on the farm anytime they'd like so that they could see that the farmers were beyond organic… How do we make it work for the little guys? cut out the middleman?

  8. Agree with all of the video. A little more though; 27 beefburger products tested, 37% had horse DNA, but 85% had pig DNA. 31 beef meal products tested, none had horse DNA, but 21 had pig DNA. I.E. it's not beef, yet we paid good money for beef .. to the retailer, who mislabeled and miss represented.

  9. Just like the British beef scandal when we all knew about BSE the mad cow disease. No wonder I don't trust British meat!

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