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Too Much European Integration? Romanian Donkey Meat In UK "Beef" Burgers

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Thanks to a law banning horses from Romanian roads, the ever-enterprising and integrated European Union workers have apparently found a use for the millions of horses and donkeys that were slaughtered. In a bizarre report from The Independent, it appears 'donkey meat' has turned up on the shelves of British, French, and Swedish supermarket shelves (and no it doesn't taste like chicken or ass). The unintended consequence of the Romanian horse (and donkey) ban appears to follow a truly remarkable path from abattoirs in Romania (who must be busy) to a dealer in Cyprus (subcontracting for a Dutch dealer) to a meat plant in France which sold its frozen 'meat' onto a distributor in Luxembourg. French and British governments have forced the removal of the 'fake' beef from supermarket shelves as "a case of fraud and conspiracy against the public." Given last week's incredible footage from Greece, we suspect more than a few are willing to choke it down, as for now the British are pushing to ban meat imports.


Via The Independent,

A law banning horses from Romanian roads may be responsible for the surge in the fraudulent sale of horsemeat on the European beef market, a French politician said yesterday.


Horse-drawn carts were a common form of transport for centuries in Romania, but hundreds of thousands of the animals are feared to have been sent to the abattoir after the change in road rules.


The law, which was passed six years ago but only enforced recently, also banned carts drawn by donkeys, leading to speculation among food-industry officials in France that some of the “horse meat” which has turned up on supermarket shelves in Britain, France and Sweden may, in fact, turn out to be donkey meat. “Horses have been banned from Romanian roads and millions of animals have been sent to the slaughterhouse,” said Jose Bove, a veteran campaigner for small farmers who is now vice-president of the European Parliament agriculture committee.


After a couple of days in which the horse meat affair was seen as a largely British problem, the scandal began to be taken seriously by French politicians and newspapers over the weekend.




It came from abattoirs in Romania through a dealer in Cyprus working through another dealer in Holland to a meat plant in the south of France which sold it to a French-owned factory in Luxembourg which made it into frozen meals sold in supermarkets in 16 countries.


Meanwhile, legal action over the horse meat scandal is to be mounted in Europe, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has said as he described the contamination of beef products as a case of fraud against the public.


Mr Paterson said the scandal appeared to be "extensive" across Europe but he repeated his rejection of calls for a ban on meat imports, saying that the Food Standards Agency (FSA) advice was that all products on sale are safe for consumption.


"This is a case of fraud and a conspiracy against the public, this is a criminal action, substituting one material for another," he told BBC Breakfast in answer to questioning about calls for a ban on meat imports.

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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:21 | 3232925 LawsofPhysics
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Wake us when the soylent green is served.  Seems like there might be a few more "useless" mammals out there right now...  ...some animals are indeed "more equal" than others.

banker anyone?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:24 | 3232957 gmrpeabody
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Per our current administration..., just more proof that prices are not rising.

There is no inflation.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:27 | 3232965 TerminalDebt
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If Britain bans "beef" imports the donkey meat market will collapse. Where do I short that?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:29 | 3232985 CunnyFunt
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Try "shorting" your donkey in its stall. I'll bet he goes "long" on you.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:31 | 3232998 Stackers
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The French actually like horse meat.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:33 | 3233008 King_of_simpletons
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What's the big fuss ? Meat eaters eat meat.

Why does it matter if it is horse, donkey, deer, beef or even giraffe ?

What's the big difference.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:38 | 3233037 Joe Davola
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Whoa Wilbur!!!!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:46 | 3233077 camaro68ss
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Is this what happens when you QE food?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:49 | 3233089 redpill
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Eat moar Donk'y!!11!



Chik-Fil-A Cows

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:01 | 3233161 idea_hamster
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Eat moar Democrats!!!1!


ME, NH, RI, CT, MA. NJ, DE, MD, FL, and all the others who got their 4th Amendments rights summarily erased by Obama's DHS.

PS -- Don't worry about me -- I look AWESOME in orange!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:12 | 3233194 Manthong
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But aren’t they striving for visceral union?

And isn’t jackass the main course at all those EU confabs?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:26 | 3233256 Sofa King Confused
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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 13:44 | 3233859 espirit
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I'd bet the prime cuts are... long gone!

EEEHAAW back at ya'.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 16:52 | 3234624 TerminalDebt
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does half horse meat half donkey meat = mule meat?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 17:38 | 3234768 flacon
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BREAKING NEWS: "Netherlands bans bicycles on roads. Sprockets, metal chains, and spokes served as hamporker meat in Germany!"

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 18:27 | 3234910 TerminalDebt
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Now I see why the pope is quitting. Moving to England so he can eat more ass.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:53 | 3233112 Karl von Bahnhof
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Bloody yeah!

Only the little inside information is that these are old english horses, packed with Phenylbutazon, slightly killed, packed and sold to Romania, and then remodelled and with EU stamp sent back to perfidious Albion, where they belong.

See their long faces...

(and faeces)


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:55 | 3233123 redpill
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Just wait until you taste the Cotswold Oysters.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 13:40 | 3233845 espirit
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Vivid memory input...thanks a lot!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 12:04 | 3233459 Navymugsy
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"Lightly killed" like say, crunchy frog?


Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:43 | 3233063 LukeWorm
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The difference is the so-called "Cute Index": cows are not cute, horses are. Wolves are not cute, dogs are. It is no coincidence that the panda has the highest Cute Index value and is the brand animal for World Wildlife Fund, WWF. Also it's OK to eat deer, but not reindeer (outside the Nordic countries).

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:45 | 3233069 francis_sawyer
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Bring me some Hosenfeffer!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:11 | 3233198 dogbreath
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do you mean horsenpfeffer

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:22 | 3233244 TerminalDebt
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I think he means horse and pepper

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:44 | 3233358 francis_sawyer
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It's on like Donkey Kong!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:49 | 3233092 redpill
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Explain why lamb is so fuckin' good then!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:44 | 3233067 Lost My Shorts
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Yeah, what's wrong with a little Romanian grass-fed donkey?  From a nutritional standpoint, it's probably identical.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:21 | 3233239 Dr. No
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Also its organic.  Should charge extra.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:36 | 3233313 rufusbird
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Horse Meat classified as game meat...Nutrition Facts below


"The good: This food is low in Sodium. It is also a good source of Niacin, Vitamin B6, Iron, Phosphorus, Zinc and Selenium, and a very good source of Protein and Vitamin B12.

The bad: This food is high in Cholesterol.

Moderately anti-inflammatory

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:26 | 3233263 Hulk
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The problem occurs when they eat the horse's ass. Cannabalism is strictly verbotten...

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 12:46 | 3233653 Bankrupt from B...
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In the UK press, the emphasis is not on the fact that the British meat eaters having a preference for one type of red meat over another.  Rather, it has to do with the lack of control supermarkets and food producers have over their supply chains. That, for most people is the concern.  Add in that the stuff comes from Romania and .....

Tue, 02/12/2013 - 03:55 | 3236011 thisandthat
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It was never meant for consumption, so may be tainted with banned from food drugs, like antibiotics, etc. - that's what.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:34 | 3233011 krispkritter
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Reminds me of that old saying "It smells like cat food and Ass in here!"  It's what's for dinner...

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:40 | 3233049 BLOTTO
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Donkey Dicks in hamburger meat across Europe and abroad...

The middle east is on fire...

Currencies across the globe are collapsing...

Unemployment steadily increasing...

Student loans sky rocketing...

Housing bubbling...

The Pope gives up...

Beyonce is shaking her cunt across the stage...

Three year olds wanting ipads...

- Thats just for this week!


AND STILLL the sheep sleep...ignorant...are aloof...


More to come, stay tuned...lock&load.



Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:38 | 3233021 Ghordius
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The Italians too - they give horse steaks to children

If you really want to eat good salami, you'll have to try the traditional Sardinian and Corsican donkey salami

nevertheless, I agree: Too Much European Integration for Old Blighty. It's time for the UK to leave this barbaric continent that allows countries like Romania to be considered peers


the trade wars, have they begun?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:00 | 3233150 Karl von Bahnhof
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Damn whats wrong with donkey and cart? Soon we will need them! 

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 14:03 | 3233930 Matt
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Romanians are going long abiotic oil, are certain they have a limitless domestic supply right under their feet, so they want to encourage people to stop using vehicles powered by grass and start using vehicles powered by gas.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:30 | 3232983 TuesdayBen
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I like Donkburgers. In fact, in the tradition of the Fed, I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a Donkburger today

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:39 | 3233032 moonstears
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TuesdayBen, I think the politically correct term is "assburgers", or "burger of ass".

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:45 | 3233073 redpill
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Assburgers?  Isn't that Tim Geithner's affliction?

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 21:12 | 3235310 smiler03
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Don't be ridiculous!! As per usual, Eric Cartman is ahead of everybody else, he knows all about assburgers....



Mon, 02/11/2013 - 11:35 | 3233310 Yes We Can. But...
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Something tells me you can be difficult to track down on Tuesdays.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:26 | 3232962 Groundhog Day
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currency war, trade war...next up real war

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:26 | 3232963 redpill
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Gosh I guess when Gordon Ramsey screamed at some hopeless contestant until she cried that her food tasted like donkey he wasn't just employing hyperbole.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:24 | 3232928 GetZeeGold
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False alarm.....not horse......just pork.


Cue the riots in Paris.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:40 | 3233048 redpill
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Rut-roh, someone is getting jihaded imminently!

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:48 | 3233085 Sudden Debt
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I remember a friend of mine who actually sold pork to muslims during the yearly festivities in my city :)


And you know what? Those guys didn't burn.

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:51 | 3233100 redpill
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Maybe they just take away one afterlife virgin per slice of bacon?


(Bacon is worth it!)

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:21 | 3232935 Sudden Debt
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Mon, 02/11/2013 - 10:32 | 3233001 TuesdayBen
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Don't bother - extremely greasy and often rancid.

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