“HORSE MEAT” Scandal (February 8, 2013): Yahoo!

The title of a Yahoo! article released on February 8, 2013 is “Britain condemns “criminalHORSEMEAT scandal” (Web-site/URL: http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/britain-condemns-criminal-horsemeat-scandal-153841413–finance.html).

“The British government accused unknown criminals for a growing scandal of horsemeat being sold in imported beef products that has generated shock headlines in a country where many recoil  (i.e. to draw back IN ALARM)  in HORROR at the very idea of eating horses“. As we know equestrian is a national past-time in the UK.

According to British Prime Minister David Cameron, “(speaking) in Brussels where he was attending a European Union (EU) summit”, “This is a VERY SHOCKING storyIT IS COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLE” obviously. “People will be very ANGRY to find out that they have been eating horse when they THOUGHT they were eating beef”So CONSUMERS HAVE BEEN MISLED.

“On Thursday (February 7 2013), the scandal deepened further with the news that horsemeat had been found in Findus ready meals made in France, prompting the British government to call it “VERY DISTASTEFUL” and forcing the firm to apologize to customers”.

“Some packs of “BEEF lasagne” may have contained NO BEEF AT ALLONLY HORSE, officials said after genetic tests showed concentrations of horsemeat in a range from 60 to 100 percent”It’s BAD news when what should be “beef” is actually HORSE.

“(Speaking) in Brussels where he was attending a European Union (EU) summit”, Cameron said: “This is a VERY SHOCKING storyobviously. “It is COMPLETELY UNACCEPTABLEPeople will be VERY ANGRY to find out that they have been eating horse when they THOUGHT  they were eating beef”.

“Cameron’s spokeswoman said the government was looking into two incidents which “at the heart are ACTS OF CRIMINALITY” and Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) said it had asked police in London and in other European countries to investigate”. “If you are a company buying a particular meat and you are LED TO BELIEVE it is what you asked for, but then you find IT’S NOT, then clearly THERE’S SOME LAW THAT’S BEEN BROKEN THERE“.

“French Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said there would be an investigation there”. Speaking to BFM TelevisionLe Foll said: “We need to AVOID this idea that there was some desire to HIDE THINGSWe will determine where the problem came from and we will find THE SOLUTIONS AND SANCTIONS THAT APPLY“. Again, more tough TALK from POLITICIANS.

“In a statement, Findus said it knew there was a possible problem with its ready meals two days before the products were withdrawn from the shelves of British stores”. “We UNDERSTAND (?) those concerns, we are SORRY (?) that we have let people down and we want to outline the facts“. IS THIS TRUE?

“Findus UK had extensive DNA testing completed by leading independent experts. On Wednesday 6th February (2013), these tests confirmed that horsemeat was present in a number of samples and this information was shared with the Food Standards Agency”.

Finally, Cameron finished off: “There is no reason to believe that any frozen food currently on sale is unsafe or a danger to health. It’s NOT so much about food safety, it’s about PROPER FOOD LABELING, it’s about CONFIDENCE (?) in retailers”What can we have “confidence” in these days?

So HORSE meat has been found in products that should have included BEEF. Regardless of whether or not this is a crimeCONSUMERS HAVE BEEN MISLEDJust think about it for a momentIf someone goes to a restaurant and orders BEEF or CHICKEN and ends up getting HORSEOf course, they WON’T be happyThis is a matter of maintaining public TRUST which of course 

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