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Romanian horse meat in French beef lasagna!

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Don't you love globalization and industrial food? rolleyes.gif

 

Buy frozen beef lasagna from any of the major supermarkets in France, and you're actually eating horse meat from a Luxembourg factory, sold by Dutch and Cypriot traders, originally coming from Romanian abattoirs - or something like that (it's kinda hard to follow exactly): 

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/10/us-france-food-horsemeat-idUSBRE9190AT20130210

post #2 of 20

Apparently it's also made its way across the Channel. I have a friend in the UK who is also quite dismayed.

post #3 of 20

I'm not one to be judging as, god knows I eat way more than I should, but this is just another reason to cook from scratch and not rely on convenience foods.

post #4 of 20

I do prefer my horse fresh.

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post #6 of 20

Whoa!

 

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post #7 of 20

Well, as long as the meat didn't arise from some defunct vampire, especially from Vlad D..  8^P
 

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post #8 of 20

I've had horse meat and it's good, but I want to know what I'm eating. 

post #9 of 20

In the 70's when I studied in Paris, I ate a horse meat roast purchased from a local 'chevaline', a horse butcher shop in hte Latin quarter.  The roast offered a really rich flavor and tasted great.

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post #10 of 20

I remember seeing horse meat at markets in France and it was very, very red--to the point of being surreal. It didn't look anything like beef to me.  What I'd like to know is how it just "slipped by" at the plants that processed it as beef.  Doesn't speak well of any kind of inspections regimen at those plants.

post #11 of 20
they have been recalling frozen lasagna in sweden with hosre meat also, plus they are finding it was passed off to schools and hospitols too.
post #12 of 20

It's curious to find (after this notice) that my country leads in horse meat exports.

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post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by ChicagoTerry View Post

I remember seeing horse meat at markets in France and it was very, very red--to the point of being surreal. It didn't look anything like beef to me.  What I'd like to know is how it just "slipped by" at the plants that processed it as beef.  Doesn't speak well of any kind of inspections regimen at those plants.

Yes. I ate my share of horse meat as a kid in France, and horse meat, while kinda similar to beef, is still pretty different. The color, the aspect, but simply the smell should be different. Unless of course it was vacuum packed in which case the color is different anyway, and you don't get the smell. 

post #14 of 20

I used to buy it in the 70's as well - in Detroit.  Edible beef was through the roof due to PBB contamination.  Ground beef was over $3/lb - we're talking 1970's dollars in a depressed economy.  Racoon was .50 cents, squirrels and rabbits were $1/lb and horse was $1/lb - it was a no brainer.

post #15 of 20

In Germany ,right after the war , you could buy horse meat direct from the slaughterhouse once a week only.  Our Family never did buy it since my grandparents were raised on farms with horses.

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In Germany ,right after the war , you could buy horse meat direct from the slaughterhouse once a week only.  Our Family never did buy it since my grandparents were raised on farms with horses.

I still know some horse butchers around here in Germany. I actually like the meat. Especially slowly braised horse roulades. Mislabeling sucks, though.
post #17 of 20

I read something a year or 2 ago stating that the consumption of horse meat was on the rise again.  Not a huge rise, but its consumption was increasing.  That being said, whether you agree with eating horse or not, there needs to be truth in labelling and if you are adding horse meat to a product it needs to be clearly stated.

post #18 of 20

It has turned up here in theUK in frozen lasagne .ade for a British company in France.

 

it has also turned up in economy versions of hamburgers via pricessing plants in Ireland.

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"a horse is a horse of course of course

and no one can talk to a horse of course

that is of course, unless the horse' is the famous Mr. Ed."

 

nestle's ready to eat foods, Buitoni beef ravioli and beef tortellini have now tested positive for horse meat DNA....perhaps they should have just stuck to making 'the verry best choc-late"

 

 

Just one more good reason to listen to your mamas and "eat your vegetables"

 

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post #20 of 20

Or.....  Don't buy really cheap frozen or chilled meals?

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