Horse trading exposed by British beef scandal

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Tiu wrote:

And where were all those Food Safety experts on the government pay-roll doing?
Probably calculating their tax-payer funded pensions, and looking for ways to cover their ar*e’s and close the stable door after any horses have bolted.
As usual. International criminal conspiracy? or just another case of politicians letting the super-rich get super-richer, and pretending to be shocked when news like this comes out.

Feb 10, 2013 3:49pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Radek.kow1 wrote:

Where is fairness? The case makes me wonder if a similar trick was possible for a smaller retailer. I guess not…

Feb 10, 2013 5:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Reuters1945 wrote:

Caveat Emptor

There is a certain irony in this latest outrage among many angry consumers that they may have injested meat from horses believing it was beef.

But far, far, more injurious to their health are the countless additives and ingredients found in thousands of ordinary household staples including hundreds of different freely available frozen fast food meals that comprise an almost daily portion of many people’s daily meals.

Few people bother to read the lengthy lists of legally required labels on food packaging both in the US and the EU. Many of the ingredients are chemicals which one has to be a PhD. scientist just to pronounce, much less to understand their dangers to the human body in accumulated quantities in human cells over many years.

The same can be said for various cookies, cakes, sundry deserts and dry packaged cereals. Not to mention the tons of “munchy snacks” injested by consumers by the train load all over the world, 24/7.

The average consumer lacks even the foggiest notion of what a high per cent of their daily diet consists of ingredients which are extremely harmful to their health- second only to that worst of all habits- the smoking of tobacco, which harms the human body’s delicate organs, in every manner, shape and form.

Indeed even something as seemingly innocent as tooth paste must by Law carry a strict Warning on the packaging, as follows:

“Warning- Keep out of reach of children under six years of age.
“If more than used for brushing is accidentally swallowed, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center right away.”

This is because tooth paste contains quantities of hydrated silica.

Finally we come to the billion dollar industry of beauty products.

Cosmetics are the least regulated products under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA). The FFDCA does NOT require pre-market safety testing, review, or approval for cosmetics.

The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pursues enforcement action only AFTER the cosmetic enters into the stream of commerce or sometimes after it is on the shelf.

The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that 884 of the chemicals available for use in cosmetics have been reported to the government as TOXIC substances.

A U. S. General Accounting Office report notes that the FDA has committed NO resources for assessing the safety problems of those chemicals which have been found to cause genetic damage, biological mutations, and CANCER. Because of minimal regulation, products plainly dangerous to your health can be, and are being, sold.

Thus whilst millions of people are furious that they may have consumed small quantities of horse meat, believing it to be “beef”, there are countless other products/ingredients that they place on the outside AND inside of their bodies, on a daily basis that can potentially do them far more harm than just the injured feelings of having been conned by the predatory habits of Europe’s various “horse traders”.

Feb 10, 2013 6:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Ralphooo wrote:

The perpetrators of this outrage should be boiled and minced.

Feb 11, 2013 1:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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