Who should claim compensation for the great horse meat scandal?
Don’t place your bets just yet. The industrial food chain is so long, it’s hard to identify and locate all the players along the way. One thing is for certain, horses are not the only beasts with long tails.
As the story has unravelled, from the opening of the glossy cardboard box and the sizzle of the sauce and gloop in the microwave, down the line of food supply, to the sourcing of ingredients (let’s not get too graphic, here) it has become harder to separate horse from cow. It’s hard to imagine the species blindness that the food manufacturing industry has got itself into, but if you doubt your ability to tell these quadrupeds apart, try saddling up a heifer and entering it in the Grand National.
British meat farmers have had a beef for many years about being undercut by cheap imports, but their nags are coasting home now, as confused shoppers return in droves to the traditional high street butcher to buy meat that corresponds with the label.
Why are we all whinnying about it? There is something rather repellent to the British about eating horse and we are squeamish when our food tolerances are tested in such a way. Countries which have a long tradition of eating horse don’t know what the fuss is about, but of course it’s more than that. If a consumer buys a box that says “beef” on it, he is naturally upset and inclined to want to claim compensation if he discovers that “not beef” is in the box. Of course, it’s far too late to claim compensation for those not-beef meals eaten weeks and months ago and whose receipts have long since gone through the shredder and back to the great world of recycling.
At least, nobody has become sick from it and probably they won’t do, but there are no bones about it, it’s the idea of minced Dobbin that’s so revolting. One thing is for certain, the steaks are raised and the writs will be flying. There’ll be blood on the boardroom carpet and a stampede of litigants as the herd rushes to claim compensation from the next one down the line.
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Date Published: March 11, 2013
Author: David Brown