When people utter the common saying, “I’m so hungry I could eat a horse”, I don’t think they meant literally.
Over the past week, the press has been full of updates relating to traces of horse-meat being found in a variety of products sold in supermarkets across the UK.
Reports are now claiming that some products could even contain meat from a donkey, and the head of Britain’s food watchdog has advised that chicken and pork are next on the list for testing.
I have to admit, the thought of eating something different to what you think you’re eating isn’t nice. But I can’t say I’m particularly surprised – who knows what goes into our food these days!
With fast-food chains constantly being jam-packed with people, it’s not exactly surprising that companies think it’s acceptable to keep customers in the dark about what they’re actually eating. If we we were all aware of the concoction of foods that make up a McDonald’s cheeseburger or chicken nuggets then I’m sure the majority of us would think twice before eating them!
But what is it about this horse-meat revelation that’s caused so much uproar? Why are people really that bothered? At the end of the day, if you’re happy to consume a range of other animals, what’s so different about a horse?
The reason many people are angered by this is the fact that they have been lied to about what they are actually buying. But it appears that the products horse-meat has been found in, have been cheaper options like Tesco’s value range, so maybe it’s just a case of getting what you pay for.