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Old 13.02.2013, 22:31
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Re: British horsemeat scandal - Focus remains unfocussed

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It's pretty shocking that stray meats are finding their way into other meat products. Is this halal meat you're talking about?
No no, not halal just normal meat.
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Old 13.02.2013, 22:32
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No no, not halal just normal meat.
Is it possible to get halal meat in Spain?

Might be safer to stick with that, if you can.
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Old 13.02.2013, 22:39
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This may sound self righteous, but what do you expect when you're paying 99p for a frozen lasagne? It will be made with cheapest, worst quality meat.. and to be honest, it doesn't matter whether its cow or horse entrails. Anyway if there is one positive outcome from this scandal, its that local butchers are seeing a boom in business as customers lose trust in mass produced meat products.
Sorry, mate, this is not about the value of the meal. It is about fraud. Just because someone cannot afford more expensive food (even if we take this argument), selling something as one thing (beef), when it is something else (horse) is fraud. What's more, when that meat may have entered the food chain through unregulated channels, than makes it even worse.

This isn't about blaming the buyer. Even if they are too lazy to cook from the raw ingredients. "Buyer beware" simply does not apply in this instance.
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Is it possible to get halal meat in Spain?

Might be safer to stick with that, if you can.
Yes it is possible. I don't really care for halal to be honest. I managed to find proper pepperoni of only turkey made, I get my ground meat at the butcher and prepared in front of me and I buy chicken and plenty of fish.

It is more tricky for hubby at work as almost everything including salads, rice and sauces contain pork in it. I don't buy ready meal and we always ask when going to a new restaurant.

Hubby had for months a bocadillo made of bread, cheese and a nice tomato salsa on it until a colleague told him in shock that the salsa had pork in it.
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Old 13.02.2013, 23:01
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Re: British horsemeat scandal - Focus remains unfocussed

On a similar topic, the US States of New Jersey and New York have their own state inspectors to look for non-Kosher items passed off as Kosher (although New York's were all laid-off for a year or so in budget-cutting, but they are back on the job)

http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/ocp/kosher.htm

http://www.agriculture.ny.gov/KO/KOHome.html
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Old 13.02.2013, 23:11
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Re: British horsemeat scandal - Focus remains unfocussed

Just for reference, "halal" means "crappy" in Romanian, so "halal meat" would then be...
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A Dutch meat trader has emerged as a key suspect in Europe's spiralling horse meat scandal following allegations that he was convicted as recently as last year for passing off horse as beef.

Draap Trading Ltd is a Cypriot-registered company, run from the Antwerp area of Belgium, and owned by an offshore vehicle based in the British Virgin Islands. Draap spelled backwards is the Dutch word for horse.
You couldn't make it up

Source

(Oh, and COOP here have now put their hand up too apparently)
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Old 14.02.2013, 00:46
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You couldn't make it up

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(Oh, and COOP here have now put their hand up too apparently)
Their website confirms this.

http://www.coop.ch/pb/site/homepage2...Lde/index.html

Perhaps the thread title should now read 'The European horsemeat scandal - Focus remains unfocussed'
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Re: British horsemeat scandal - Focus remains unfocussed

Real VOC mentality of that Dutchman
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Old 14.02.2013, 10:48
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Re: British horsemeat scandal - Focus remains unfocussed

Horsemeat scandal gallops on to Switzerland

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Old 14.02.2013, 11:05
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This is to improve the flavor of cheap beef.

I will often add pork to ground or stew beef (trick I learned from a Mexican chef in Zurich back in the late '80s).

Standard in many Italian dishes (ragu Bolognese, for example).

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The pork is basically providing seasoning. Enhances the flavour of the dish and tastier than using a ton of salt.
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Re: British horsemeat scandal - Focus remains unfocussed

How could this scandal possibly affect anyone in Switzerland?

Swiss people only ever cook from scratch with simple, healthy ingredients, in sharp contrast to the lazy Brits who live entirely on frozen ready meals. That would be why there aren't any frozen ready meals to be seen in any Swiss supermarkets, of course.

If you saw any, you must have been hallucinating. Or they're for the millions of Brits who live here. Or something.

I blame the Norman Conquest...
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Just for reference, "halal" means "crappy" in Romanian, so "halal meat" would then be...
Errm..this?



Wait, we have sent them to China, labeled as "duck meat"!!!
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Old 14.02.2013, 11:55
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Coop’s main supermarket rival Migros, which stocks the Swiss Findus products, said it did not sell meat from Comigel and its products were not affected by the European scandal.
To be honest, if i were Migros I'd be keeping bloody quiet for now until I'd done extensive testing and were 200% certain of statements like that.

Not good for Coop though, coming after that PR disaster surrounding them flogging re packaged out of date meat a year or so ago.
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To be honest, if i were Migros I'd be keeping bloody quiet for now until I'd done extensive testing and were 200% certain of statements like that.

Not good for Coop though, coming after that PR disaster surrounding them flogging re packaged out of date meat a year or so ago.
Yes, this time they literally have been flogging a dead horse!!
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The pork is basically providing seasoning. Enhances the flavour of the dish and tastier than using a ton of salt.
The same for horse meat... Also enhances flavour... Our best snack in The Netherlands depending on the brand has 8% horse meat in it. Yummy!


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Errm..this?
Wait, we have sent them to China, labeled as "duck meat"!!!
First of all that's a nice photo. I would just send the dogs to us and we will do the relabeling for you guys Then you can blame us!
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Our best snack in The Netherlands depending on the brand has 8% horse meat in it.
Chips and mayonaise?
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The same for horse meat... Also enhances flavour... Our best snack in The Netherlands depending on the brand has 8% horse meat in it. Yummy!
Thank God I am from a different part of the Netherlands
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Re: British horsemeat scandal - Focus remains unfocussed

And now Germany:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-21456388

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Pinda sauce matey!
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