09 February 2013

The horsemeat scandal, globalization and its victims

Meat industry under scrutiny as horsemeat scandal spreads is the headline of the article. Again, the bloody fingerprints of globalization are all over the story:

The French arm of Swedish frozen food firm Findus said it would file a legal complaint Monday against the unnamed Romanian business.
Findus said it had been told that its products were being made with French beef, not Romanian horsemeat.
Swedish company making Italian lasagna in France with (alleged) Romanian horses inside. A pretty mess that. The only solution for everyone who wants his/her particular meat source to moo, neigh, bark or meow is to take the desired animal through all the stages of the process him/herself. This is the sad outcome of globalization in the culinary domain, it appears.

As for that Swedish company or, rather, its French branch, they should reconsider their philosophy a bit, when issuing hasty statements like this one:
"We were deceived," said a Findus France statement. "There are two victims in this affair: Findus and the consumer."
How about them horses?  


SnoopyTheGoon said...

Then again you can always buy kosher meat. Horse is forbidden.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Yep. Horse meat, by the way, is an ingredient of most expensive and delicious sausages in East Europe, at least, and I suspect that in France too.

Not the sole ingredient, usually mixed with other meats.

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Despite the Entente Cordiale of 1904 between Britain & France (ask Gideon, Snoopy, if your history of Britain is rusty - and why shouldn't it be?), as far as food is concerned, if it's good enough for the French, then it's no good for me.

I mean, snails and frog legs. Please!!

SnoopyTheGoon said...

I am a staunch internationalist where food is concerned, and French kitchen has a lot of shining examples, aside of the snails and frog legs (which taste exactly like chicken, after all is said and done).