Last week it was reported that the burgers sold by Burger King in Ireland and Britain were testing positive for equine DNA. To the layperson, that means horse meat. Meat sold in certain grocery stores was also contaminated. First, the country’s Food Safety Authority was finding alleged “beef” with 29% horse meat. Then, they started finding “beef” with 75% horse. Then, 80%. Ultimately, some frozen lasagnas contained 100% horse.
Recalls and apologies have been issued, firings and fines are on the way. But then a new, even more troubling, bit of information surfaced: All that horse meat might actually be donkey meat.
…This issue goes beyond meat. How do we know if something vegetarian doesn’t have meat in it without a proper label? How do we know if something has nuts we’re allergic to? How can we know if there are GMOs in our food if you don’t give them a label?
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