'.. Inspectors in the Republic of Ireland traced the burgers to two processing companies owned by the ABP Food Group, Silvercrest Foods in Ireland and Dalepak Hambledon in Yorkshire. Liffey Meats was also found to have supplied beefburgers with traces of equine DNA ..'

There is really nothing wrong with horsemeat 'per se' as food and in fairness Tesco was not alone; Iceland, Aldi and Lidl were also guilty

However, surely the real issue is not even that the product has been mis-labelled but rather the provenance of the horsemeat may well be unknown

With this in mind we are dealing with illegal meat and all the ramifications that surround this area. Just how Officials can be quite so quick to emphasise that there are no health risks is unknown, especially when the source of the horsemeat has yet to be determined

Why are bodies such as The Food Ethics Council quite so quick in making statements when in actual fact, at this point nobody really knows the history of the horsemeat ?

'.. The Food Ethics Council said that it was immoral to destroy the withdrawn burgers and that they should be given free to anyone willing to eat them. Dan Crossley, the chief executive, said: “It takes throwaway culture to a new level.” ..'

Without hard evidence one way or another this is a totally irresponsible statement - or is The Food Ethics Council saying that it acceptable to give 'potentially' contaminated food to the less well off rather than first of all determining whether it is safe? Fewer 'sound bites' and more common sense is required!

David Heath, the Environment Minister, seems to be dismissing the matter of Horse Passports as irrelevant and placing the blame on criminal activity. Nevertheless, the whole point of these documents is to prevent animals entering the food chain where they have been taking certain medicines - to quote from the UK Government web site on the reasons for horse passports:

  • make sure horses treated with certain medicines don’t end up as food for people
  • prevent the sale of a stolen horse, pony or donkey, as the passport proves its identity

Therefore, without further investigation



Less spin and more hard evidence please, before everyone comes out in denial


The Food Ethics Council

As an aside let us just have a look at the The Food Ethics Council Accounts 2012 to see what we find:

  • Income £182k - staff costs £130k & no employee received more than £60k.

Therefore, presumably 1 employee did receive around £60k plus associated NI etc. and this is approximately 1/3 of the charities annual income for the year

On the face of it, this looks life another ‘life-style’ charity benefitting certain participants - £60k for managing £180k worth of income make the bankers approach to commissions and bonuses look very reasonable indeed

Can we all apply for a job with this charity?

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