Horse Meat In Tesco Burgers

A Tesco beef burger walks into a bar, and the barman says, "Why the long face?" Because it's actually a horse burger. Hmm, satire.

Yes, horse meat has been found in burgers on sale in Tesco. The store that said, "Every little helps," used it's motto when it came to padding out beef burgers with other meats. In Tesco Everyday Value Beef Burgers, horse meat accounted for approximately 29% of the meat. That's shocking. If you've ever eaten Tesco Everyday Value Beef Burgers you'd be amazed there was any meat in the thing.

It's not just Tesco; Lidl, Aldi and Iceland were found to have burgers containing horse DNA when tested. I'm not sure why burgers were being tested for horse DNA but it must've been one heck of a Jeremy Kyle Show episode.

On the one hand, this is worrying because we're being lied to about what animal we're eating. On the other hand, I think I've worked out what happened to Shergar.

The supermarket announced that it was removing all fresh and frozen burgers from sale immediately regardless if they had been found to contain horse meat. But at the moment we don't know if any laws have been broken. Some foods are allowed to contain certain amounts of other animals. Loaves of bread are allowed to contain a certain percentage of field mice, jars of peanut butter are allowed to contain so many insects. So maybe beef burgers are allowed to contain so much horse. Although I once bought Tesco Everyday Value Beef Burgers and it didn't say on the label, "Allergy Advice: Product was prepared in an environment that may contain horse".

Don't get me wrong. I don't buy Tesco Everyday Value Beef Burgers very often. Certainly not everyday as the name recommends. Only when I'm really desperate. Just the other day I bought a few packs and as I cooked them I said, "I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse." As it turns out, I did.

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