I had to smile to myself in wonder at the headlines this morning as The Telegraph splashed with the news that apparently Findus, makers of frozen ready meals, have discovered that their Beef Lasagne is actually 99% Horse Lasagne.
(I got the “99%” from today’s issue of The Sun newspaper!)
I was rather surprised to discover that, again “apparently”, this has been going on for more than a year. It’s not as if a little bit of horse fell into the meat mixer at some factory somewhere. No. It seems Findus have been shipping horse ready meals for ages, unbeknownst to them or the public.
Just where is this going to end?
I’m reasonably content that the Tesco Finest bacon I had this morning is 100% pig. I think it would be quite difficult to fake that. However when it comes to anything containing “meat” like Lasagne, I suppose you can’t quite be sure.
I’m reminded of Cut-Me-Own-Throat Dibbler from the Terry Pratchett Discworld books. He routinely sells sausages, “made not of pork but rather of anything that’s been near a pig.”
You’d think that serious people in serious white coats would have been, I dunno, testing the food before Findus (et al) actually stuck it into their factories? Or maybe they just check to see that it looks mostly meat-like?
We shall no doubt find out soon.