Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Horse burgers -there use to be inspections - " but cuts put paid to that"
We like to think that supermarkets would never sell us anything that wasn’t quite what it seemed. That’s what you expect from the shifty bloke down the market, isn’t it? But when minced-up Dobbin makes an unannounced appearance in beefburgers sold by Tesco, Iceland, Lidl, Aldi and the Irish chain Dunnes, it’s apparent that any such faith is misplaced.
Supermarkets pose as gatekeepers of national food safety, glittering edifices of hygiene, transparency and best practice. You’d think they’d run frequent tests to ensure that everything they sell is up-to-scratch and completely legit. After all, they constantly brag about their rigorous technical and quality-control standards.
Actually, our supermarkets have devolved that responsibility to their suppliers. Environmental health and trading standards officers used to make spot checks and announced inspections, but cuts put paid to that.
If the food’s processed, you’re right to worry - Comment - Voices - The Independent
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