Europe is having a cow horse…and it was for dinner last night

David Cameron’s previous claims that the scandal was merely a “food labelling” issue will be challenged by a report which says that more revelations are to come.

Having earlier told MPs in the Commons that beef was safe, the Prime Minister went further yesterday by eating a beef pie and a pork pie in front of photographers at a reception in Westminster Hall.

But in their report today, the MPs on the environment select committee say it is “improbable” that criminals who are prepared to pass off horse meat as beef are following good hygiene standards.

It’s rather interesting scandal of the unintended consequences of laws, international smuggling and EuroZone follies.

Evidently it started when Rumania started enforcing a law forbidding the use of horses and donkeys on highways, which led to lots of ex-transit beasts ending up at slaughterhouses.

4 Responses to “Willlllburrrrrrrrrrr!”

  1. Gunslinger says:

    A horse is a horse and of course, a main course.

  2. JeffS says:

    The law of unintended consequences seems to be as universal as the law of gravity.

  3. aelfheld says:

    Theodore Dalrymple was correct when he noted that unintended consequences are not the same as unforeseeable consequences. Then again, he noted that a bureaucrat couldn’t predict lava in the midst of a volcanic eruption.

  4. Kathy Kinsley says:

    LOL – what Gunslinger says. And, btw, horse meat is quite edible. Just that for some people it’s a lot like dog or cat meat (also quite edible, sorry).
    Taboo, baby, taboo.

    And, of course, passing off X meat as Y meat is not, well, proper. As long as it’s labeled as dog, cat, horse, fried scorpion, or whatever, that’s fine.

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