Do you sometimes wonder what’s in your burger — you know, what it’s really made of? As delicious as that hamburger may be, you can never quite be sure what’s in the mix unless you make it from scratch yourself. Sure, it’s supposed to be beef. If it’s not beef, it generally labeled ground chicken, ground turkey or ground pork.
Or ground… horse?
Great Britain’s largest retailer is the grocer, Tesco. It was recently discovered that Tesco was selling ground meat (labeled as 100 percent beef/hamburger) containing traces of horse. In some samples, as much as 29 percent of the packaged meat was found to possess horse DNA. And the “beef” was allegedly not only tainted with horse — some packages were found to contain pork, too.
Are you thinking what we’re thinking? The Kosher people of Great Britain are going to be pissed! And everyone else, too, probably. And yes, Tesco should wallow in shame, in addition to being getting hammered for the illegality of selling meat that’s improperly labeled.
However, when you really start to think about it: why do we eat cow instead of horse? Because cattle were slower runners, less agile and easier to kill before they were mass produced? Was it because horses served more work purposes throughout history — and served as pets, too?
Let’s look at this with complete objectivity. It’s muscle, fat and innards from animals, ground into mushy meat that can be formed into a patty, slapped on grill or griddle, topped with cheese, surrounded by a bun and some fixings and it’s considered good food. If it’s done right, it’s considered great food. Does it really matter what it is, so long as it’s not diseased?
For those who are curious: the ban on horse meat was lifted in the United States during November of 2011. So… think twice about your mass-packaged burger meat.