Letter: Horsemeat scandal

Amongst the irrational outpourings about horsemeat in the human food chain, one aspect is overlooked by most.

Our masters in Brussels laid down draconian statutes whereby our meat would supposedly be traceable back to the actual individual animal.

Remember our “allies” banning British beef over the mad cow saga.

Being British of course we complied, much to the cost of British farmers.

Meanwhile, our “allies” across the Channel did their usual thing and seemingly ignored any rules they did not like.

Eating horse flesh is no different to camel, goat, dog or cat.

I dare bet many folk returning from holidays in exotic far flung places have little idea of where the meat came from on their dinner plates each day.

Whilst living in Libya I was always urged that if I bought a rabbit for dinner to be sure it still had its head on, as that was the only way of not being passed off with a cat.

I undoubtedly had camel or goat served up in local restaurants without being told the pedigree of my meal.

The thing that should be worrying everyone is that the checks on the meat are obviously so loose as to definitely be put at risk of other, and possibly injurious, products being passed through the food chain.

That alone is the worry about the possibility of thoroughbred racehorses finding their way into the burgers, some medications used on them are seemingly at variance with human health issues.

Were that not so I would imagine meat from a young animal that had enjoyed good feed and healthy exercise all of its working life would be much better than some carter’s clapped out old nag.

Tony Pringle

Engelhard Road