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Horsemeat Scandal Goes Global As World's Largest Food Maker Pulls Tainted Pasta From Spain And Italy

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First it was Ireland, then the entire UK, then Germany, and gradually it spread to all of Europe (except for France of course, where it was always a delicacy). But it was only once its finally crossed the Alps and made its way to the Swiss factories of Nestle, the world's largest food maker, did the horsemeat scandal truly go global. The FT reports that "the escalating horsemeat scandal has ensnared two of the biggest names in the food industry, Nestlé, the world’s number-one food maker, and JBS, the largest beef producer by sales. Switzerland-based Nestlé on Monday removed pasta meals from shelves in Italy and Spain and suspended deliveries of all processed products containing meat from German supplier, H.J. Schypke, after tests revealed traces of horse DNA above 1 per cent. Nestlé said it had informed the authorities....Nestlé withdrew two chilled pasta products, Buitoni Beef Ravioli and Beef Tortellini from sale in Italy and Spain. Lasagnes à la Bolognaise Gourmandes, a frozen meat product for catering businesses produced in France, will also be withdrawn."

And now we wait as the panic spreads across the Atlantic to the US, where every food purist, who until recently stuffed themselves full of pink slime and still eats bucketfulls of the mysterious "meat" known as KFC, will accuse their retailer of horseplay, and demand that every burger be triple tested at massive bottom line losses to already profit-strapped food producers everywhere (but will certainly help Madison Avenue as horse ads become the latest advertising meme).

From the FT:

“We are also enhancing our existing comprehensive quality assurance programme by adding new tests on beef for horse DNA prior to production in Europe,” said Nestlé, which just last week said products under its labels were not affected.

The European food industry has already been crippled as the horsemeat scandal unfolds:

Nielsen, the consumer research group, said sales of frozen burgers in the week to February 2 fell 40 per cent, and more than two-thirds of British adults said they would be less likely to buy frozen meat products in the future.

 

Two people who attended the meeting described it as “constructive”. However, the minister was challenged by several people on how quickly the Food Standards Agency and the Department of Environment acted on intelligence it had received on the food supply chain. One retailer also said an attack by David Cameron on the supermarkets on Friday “had not necessarily been helpful”.

 

The testing, which some supermarkets already carry out, will mean extra costs for retailers at a time of weak consumer confidence.

 

Suppliers reckon they will end up bearing the brunt of the cost – adding to the pressure on margins which, some say, caused the problem in the first place.

 

“The people who in the end will suffer are the food manufacturers, because they will be forced to undertake testing. And the people with the power in this relationship on the whole are the food retailers,” said one industry player.

 

Many believe equine testing is just the tip of the iceberg. “I am sure this will rapidly move on to other species,” said Adam Couch, chief executive of Cranswick, a meat and pastry goods supplier, which has not been implicated in the scandal.

This is good news for KFC, because once the testing spreads to Yum's restaurant chain, half the DNA that is consumed on the premises will be found to have no earthly basis, and thus, well, "you must acquit".

As for those who are still a lap behind the latest newsflow in the race for the horsemeat-free trifecta, the Guardian has conveniently released the definitive guide to the Equine scandal.

Horsemeat scandal: the essential guide

With the Europewide scandal over the contamination of meat products, from beefburgers to lasagne, showing no sign of abating, study the issue in depth and learn all you need to know about how it came to this with our essential guide.

1. Where did the horsemeat scandal begin?

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland tested a range of cheap frozen beefburgers and ready meals from supermarkets last November for the presence of DNA from other species which were undeclared. It found horse DNA in over one-third of the beefburger samples, and pig in 85% of them.

The majority of the beef ready meals also contained pig DNA but not horse. One beefburger sample from Tesco turned out to be 29% horse instead of beef. Until then supermarkets and enforcement bodies had not tested for horse in beef products, because no one expected it to be there.

There are conflicting reports as to whether the agency began its investigation as random surveillance or after having been tipped off. Because the findings were so serious and likely to do huge damage to commercial interests, the FSAI then spent two months retesting before announcing its findings on 15 January.

The Irish and UK supermarket supply chains are highly integrated. FSAI says it alerted the UK Food Standards Agency in November since what was on sale in Ireland would also be on sale in the UK; the FSA told MPs that it only found out in January. No one knows how long the adulteration has gone on.

2. Where did the horse and pig found by the Irish in beef products come from?

The Irish survey identified three factories as the source of beef products that had been contaminated or adulterated: Silvercrest Foods in Ireland, Dalepak in Yorkshire and Liffey Meats in Ireland. Silvercrest and Dalepak are both subsidiaries of ABP Food Group, one of the largest beef processors in Europe.

ABP pointed the finger of blame at its continental suppliers, with the FSAI saying these were in the Netherlands and Spain. It later said the horsemeat had entered its chain through suppliers in Poland. The Polish government checked its horse slaughterhouses and found no irregularities in labelling. Five weeks into the scandal and the links in the Irish chain have still not been fully established.

Huge blocks of frozen meat at a cold store in Northern Ireland, Freeza Foods, which had been quarantined by officials suspicious of its labelling and state of packaging, were found to contain 80% horse. Freeza Foods said the meat blocks had been delivered to its store by meat broker McAdam Foods but that it had rejected them and only continued storing them as a "goodwill" measure for McAdam. McAdam said it in turn had been sold them by a meat trader in Hull, Flexi Foods, which imports from Poland and elsewhere. ABP confirmed it had been supplied materials by McAdam but the two companies have given conflicting accounts of what the deliveries have been.

ABP has also confirmed that it has been supplied with beef by Norwest Foods, based in Cheshire, with operations in Poland and Spain, which is now also part of FSA inquiries.

The first case of horsemeat being found in fresh beef surfaced this week, when Asda withdrew its fresh beef bolognese. Its supplier was the Irish company Greencore, which said it had in turn been supplied the meat by ABP.

3. Why did some products contain so much more horse than others?

Industry sources and food safety officials believe there are different types of adulteration taking place. Where trace levels of DNA of the wrong species, particularly pig, have been found in beef, the most likely explanation is that they have been contaminated either by failure to clean production lines thoroughly enough between different processing, or that the DNA is present in protein additives widely used in the industry to bulk out cheap so-called value or economy ranges. An economy beefburger can legally contain as little as 47% beef.

Manufacturers add other cheap ingredients including water and fat, and use concentrated proteins to bind the water and fat in. They may appear on labels as "seasoning". One of the cheapest sources of these protein additives is pork rind. It is possible that horse hide is now also being used. The widespread adulteration of cheap chicken breast with pig and beef proteins and water has been uncovered in previous scandals. The beef proteins were derived from hydrolysed cattle hides. It is not illegal to use these protein concentrates so long as they are identified correctly to the manufacturer.

Where horse has been found above trace levels, however, experts believe they are looking at fraudulent substitution of horse for beef. Where horse has been found in high concentrations, they say it suggests industrial scale adulteration.

4. How did the rest of Europe get involved?

Once the Irish authorities had reported their findings, the UK FSA asked industry to test all its beef products for horse. The next round of tests revealed that the "beef" in frozen lasagne and spaghetti bolognese made for Tesco, Aldi and Findus by a French manufacturer, Comigel, was up to 100% horse.

Comigel was making cheap beef meals for supermarkets and branded companies in 16 different countries so the scandal spread rapidly, with horsemeat meals being withdrawn in Germany, Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, as well as Ireland and the UK.

5. Is the source of the Irish horsemeat the same as the French one?

The trail of the French manufacturing scandal has taken a different route to the Irish/British one so far. Comigel had subcontracted its ready meal production to a factory in Luxembourg, Tavola. It was supplied with meat by a company called Spanghero. Spanghero had bought meat from a Dutch fraudster already convicted of passing horse off as beef, Jan Fasen.

The Dutch trader ran a company called Draap, which spelled backwards is paard or Dutch for horse. It was registered in Cyprus in 2008, with an offshore vehicle in the British Virgin Islands. It emerged during Fasen's trial in Holland that he had supplied French companies with horsemeat imported from South America and Mexico fraudulently labelled as Dutch and German "beef" going back to 2007.

The horsemeat found in the recent tests on ready meals exported from France was said to have been sourced by Draap from Romania. The Romanian government has said its meat was legally exported correctly labelled as horse. The French government said Spanghero was the first agent to stamp the horse as beef; Spanghero has denied doing so deliberately. Fasen says Spanghero and French manufacturers were in on the deception from the beginning.

6. Why are the supply chains so complex?

The food and retail industries have become highly concentrated and globalised in recent decades. A handful of key players dominate the beef processing and supermarket sectors across Europe. They have developed very long supply chains, particularly for their economy lines, which enable them to buy the ingredients for processed foods from wherever they are cheapest at any point, depending on exchange rates and prices on the global commodity markets. Networks of brokers, cold stores operators and subcontracted meat cutting plants have emerged to supply rapidly fluctuating orders "just in time". Management consultants KPMG estimate there are around 450 points at which the integrity of the chain can break down.

7. Why has it happenened?

Supermarket buyers and big brands have been driving down prices, seeking special offers on meat products as consumers cut back on their spending in the face of recession. The squeeze on prices has come at a time when manufacturers' costs have been soaring. Beef prices have been at record highs as has the price of grain needed to feed cattle. The cost of energy, heavily used in industrial processing and to fuel centralised distribution chains, has also soared. There has been a mistmatch between the cost of real beef and what companies are prepared to pay.

8. How is the meat industry regulated?

Licensed slaughterhouses across Europe are required to have an official vet in attendance when slaughtering takes place – in the UK most used to be directly employed by the government but many are now supplied under contract to the Food Standards Agency by the private company Eville & Jones. Plants over a certain size are also required to have a meat hygiene inspector. A trend to deregulate and leave industry to police itself, begun under the last government, has seen numbers of inspectors fall from 1,700 at the height of the BSE crisis to around 800 now. Smaller cutting plants are no longer subject to daily inspection. The Food Standards Agency has limited powers – it has depended on industry alerting it to the results of tests voluntarily. Enforcement largely falls to individual local authorities and their trading standards officers, and their budgets have been slashed.

9. What about industry claims that it has full traceability?

The industry has previously boasted that it has full traceability of its supply chain which it audits frequently. The current scandal shows that that traceability is not worth the paper it is generally written on. Most of the factories caught up in the scandal have accreditation with mainstream auditing schemes such as that run by the British Retail Consortium but it failed to spot the problem.

10. What happened to government control of food safety and standards?

The Food Standards Agency was set up in the wake of the BSE crisis when it became clear that one agency that co-ordinated all regulation on food safety and quality was needed. Political memories have been short, however. The coalition government broke up much of the FSA in its bonfire of the quangos, so that responsibility in the current scandal is split. The FSA is still in charge of food safety; the Department of Health is responsible for nutritional standards, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs covers labelling and veterinary medicines.

11. Where do the horses come from?

The Polish and Romanian governments have not only protested their innocence of exporting horse as beef but also pointed out that their horse slaughtering industries are not large enough to account for the scale of adulteration that is emerging. Respected animal welfare organisations have warned governments for several years about the growing trade in knackered horses both between Ireland, the UK, France and Belgium, and between North and South America, and continental Europe. Much of the latter is landed via Belgium. The welfare charities have documented horses in the thousands that have been moved by networks of horse dealers without proper passports. They are a mixture of horses bred for racing and pets.

12. What part do UK horse abattoirs play?

There is an established transport corridor for horses for slaughter from Ireland through Scotland or Wales to England and on to Europe. Last week a horse abattoir in Yorkshire, Peter Boddy, was raided along with a Welsh meat trading company. Three men have been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Fraud Act. The Peter Boddy abattoir, now closed, was small, with official records showing it slaughtered 44 horses last year.

13. Why are governments talking about organised crime?

Previous convictions of dealers and traders along with intelligence suggest a link between the horse trade, meat laundering and various forms of trafficking. Lorries transporting horses have been used as cover for smuggling large quantities of cannabis between the UK and Northern Ireland and lorries transporting horsemeat to the continent are believed to be used for people smuggling on the return journey.

14. Is it a health problem?

The government said at first that there was no health risk from horsemeat, but a leading government public analyst pointed out that it could not be sure until it knew the source of the horsemeat. The latest advice from the chief medical officer is that there is a risk but that it is very low.

Horses are routinely treated with an anti-inflammatory drug called phenylbutazone, or "bute". Bute is banned from the human food chain, because it can in rare cases cause a potentially life threatening illness, aplastic anaemia, or bone marrow failure. Since it is not known what triggers the illness, it has not been possible to set any safe level for bute residues in human food. Doses from horsemeat are likely to be very low. Horse passports are supposed to record any bute administered so that animals can be excluded from going for food, but with large numbers of fake passports in circulation, some horses containing bute have been eaten.

Since the scandal the government has changed the rules so that horse carcasses may now only be released for consumption once they have been tested for bute. The first batch of tests found around 4% of horse testing positive. The horse trade from the Americas has similarly been bedevilled by problems with horse passports and drug contamination.

 

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Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:45 | 3254747 SHEEPFUKKER
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He said "taint". 

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:53 | 3254765 nmewn
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Bon appetaint!

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:59 | 3254785 DJ Happy Ending
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Socialism and psychopaths at work, hand in hand.

I wonder how many tons of horse and donkey meat were sold as beef in the Soviet Union and no one knew the difference.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:59 | 3254789 Stackers
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Wiiilber

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:06 | 3254804 Hulk
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A horse is a horse, the main course, of course, 

And no one can cook a horse of course 

That is, of course, unless the cook is the galloping gourmet !!!

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:10 | 3254816 redpill
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They really need to corral up those responsible for this.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:18 | 3254842 redpill
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They should force the EU politicians to bring this to the floor with a simple yea or neigh vote.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:19 | 3254846 redpill
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And come to think of it, a Gallup poll to see how this is impacting consumer attitudes would be appropriate.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:31 | 3254880 A Lunatic
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Stop horsing around, this is a serious issue........

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:41 | 3254912 Goldilocks
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Wild Horses - The Rolling Stones 1995
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhVLiHPUOIM (5:21)

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 04:28 | 3255454 Boris Alatovkrap
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Stop nagging, maybe is just send food product to Russia and former Soviet State where is enjoy good meat from horse, cow, sheep, cat, or dog.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 08:06 | 3255564 GetZeeGold
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Where did all these damn horses come from?

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:12 | 3255732 TruthInSunshine
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In new EU & U.S.S.A., horse DNA seeks out & attaches to you!

Stouffer's Horse Stroganoff & Romano's Bolognaaaays sauce; find them in your EBT comrade grocer's freezer section.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:45 | 3255131 Mugatu
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"A wink is as good as a nod to a blind horse"'

Written by a drunk coed at Univ of North Carolina in 1980

Strangely it makes more sense now than ever!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 01:56 | 3255274 Peter Pan
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Maybe using horse meat was the only way they could avoid galloping inflation.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 04:18 | 3255444 Rogue Trooper
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+1,000 the lot of you !! LMHO

Mind you 'horse' is better than Cat food which they will dish out at the FEMA Camp.....

Will be looked back as "the good times". :/

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:03 | 3254992 Tijuana Donkey Show
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LOL! The punnage will never stop!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:06 | 3255002 Angus McHugepenis
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Geezuz man, change your avatar quick, or you're next!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:55 | 3255164 Tijuana Donkey Show
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I'm good! As long as American's come over the border, I'm safe. The herpes is a bitch though, but that's the price of a good show. Who makes a Donkey condom?

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 08:19 | 3255580 StychoKiller
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Kinda explains why Euro-Politicians are acting like a passle of horses-asses -- you are what you eat!

:>D

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:28 | 3254871 Hulk
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Speaking of corrals, makes you wonder what they are really serving up at the Golden Corral...

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:38 | 3254896 booboo
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glad to see they have finally reined in the Mad Cow problem. 

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:19 | 3255049 redpill
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Does she still have a show on MSNBC?

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:53 | 3255157 Yen Cross
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   Redpill I think the world of you. What in the hell are you doing watching  MSM bullshit?

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:56 | 3255168 Tijuana Donkey Show
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He's making a Becky Quick joke. Oviously Warren Buffett eats horse, at the Y Corral....

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 01:12 | 3255204 Yen Cross
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  I like your  "Donkey Show".

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:37 | 3255109 McMolotov
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Every time I drive by a Golden Corral, the parking lot is packed and I see enormous fat people lined up out the door. Little do they know they're next in line in the "alternative meat" supply chain.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:49 | 3255139 Mugatu
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Chocolate Wonderfall at the Golden Corral is a fucking sight to see!  First time it made me cry.  Only in America bitches!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 08:54 | 3255639 Squid Vicious
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In a couple of years (months?) the 99%rs will be ecstatic at the chance to chow down on some horse flank

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:11 | 3254819 San Diego Gold Bug
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Nothing a little Heinz 57 can't fix.......or is it Buffet 57 sauce now?

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:15 | 3254828 TruthInSunshine
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Long Equine futures; the new "filet mignon" of Europe and America.

Long Nutria (aka myocastor coypus; aka "river rat" futures; the new "hamburger."

And a friendly reminder in the event things goes really south (which it's looking like they will since the average American has negative real savings), 8 out of 10 cannibals think Japanese People taste the best:

Cannibals: Japanese People Taste The Best | Geekologie
Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:34 | 3254839 francis_sawyer
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Horseshit by day... Horsemeat by night...

~~~

Anyway, like I was sayin', horse is the fruit of the land. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, saute it. There's uh, horse kabobs, horse creole...

[next day]

horse gumbo. Pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple horse, lemon horse, coconut horse, pepper horse...

[next day]

horse soup, horse stew, horse salad, horse in potatoes, horse burger, horse sandwich. That-that's about it.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:32 | 3255092 Anusocracy
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Big deal.

I've been eating Horsey Sauce on my Arby's since I was a kid.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 08:22 | 3255583 StychoKiller
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Zoomed right over yer haid, didn' it?  :>DDD

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:19 | 3254844 Hulk
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and they are best eaten raw, as long as the chef doesn't nick the gallbladder...

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:35 | 3254856 TruthInSunshine
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And if anyone thinks there's no "nay-aay-aaay-snort-hoof clop" in U.S. distributed foods by such large, multinational food comglomerates as mentioned above, that's the ultimate in NEIGH-ivete.

Mr. EdMcNuggets, bitchez.

p.s. - Legend has it that bankster long pork is the most succulent and tender of all long pork, since their muscles are so under-exercised.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:23 | 3254859 Oh regional Indian
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If this thing reallly gets out of hand, watch for Muslim anger at the Pork DNA in the meat. It would mean that they have consumed the "most" forbidden food. Could get ugly for the retailers.

Second, best to go vegetarian at this time. Meat is another addiction, not at all a necessary part of our food-chain/diet.

It is a"dominion" food. All meat supply-chains are diseased now,fish with mercury and other heavy metal toxins as an example.

The vegetarian life is a simpler life.

Eat local too. The convenience of packaged foods is just not worth the risk, especially in these times.

More controls are definitely not the answer either.

Another thought, imagine how long this has been going on and the implications there-of. How long has CJD beef in the food supply chain, given that there seems little to no honesty in the system anyways.

Food for thought and stomach, eh?

ori

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:30 | 3254875 TruthInSunshine
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It ain't kosher at all. But that's what fractional fiat monetary mechanics (aka private banking entities owning sovereign governments and running the "monetary" pool table) does, bitchez....that's what it does....

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:40 | 3254909 Oh regional Indian
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Interesting thing TIS is also that people make fun of India and China for their lack of "governance" and "controls" and general lack of honesty.

I think if one looks at scandals like this and the decades long and ongoing attack on human health by the pharma complex/FDA complicity as another example, it seems the truth in darkness is that proles all over the world, black brown or white are treated with equal disdain and exposed to reckless endangerment by the lust for money.

Truly, one world.

ori

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:45 | 3254934 Hulk
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c'mon ORI, this is a serious thread...

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:13 | 3255021 CompassionateFascist
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well, at least no Chinese dog/cat DNA has ben "discovered" in the "beef"...yet. By the way, Where IS the beef? 

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 09:15 | 3255673 strangewalk
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I lived in rural China and I can say for a fact that absolutely NOTHING is wasted. There aren't too many horses, but no African or Amazonian tribe has a stronger tradition of cannibalism, and Chinese culture has no religious or cultural qualms against it. Can you imagine how many people die in China everyday?...and to really think those millions of pounds of weighted protein additive are being overlooked $$$...by untold numbers of poorly regulated meat processing plants taking shipments in the middle of the night?  

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 00:21 | 3255757 TruthInSunshine
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I've been to many provinces and municipalities in China, and can say with full confidence that Cantonese, in particular, will eat anything that is alive or once was.  Protein is protein, and there are a lot of mouths to feed in China, so it stands to reason...

(This is not a moral judgment nor statement, but an observation.)

 

p.s. I don't mind being junked (really), but am always curious why a comment like this would elicit junks. I essentially stated the core truth that because people requite protein, and because China has so many mouths to feed, Cantonese Chinese make the best of their plight in obtaining necessary protein. And who can fault them for that?

Maybe some took offense because I specifically referenced Cantonese and not Mandarin or other subsets of Chinese?

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:52 | 3254960 Teamtc321
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Ori to each their own, I know. But you can find local rancher's depending on where you live, go in half's with someone, get a good spring fed steer, have the steer taken to a LOCAL butcher to be processed. Split the steer with someone or take the whole thing.

 

This is common where I'm from anyway. Much safer, I know the local meat cutter, he and his wife work slow but the place is spotless, not just spotless, fucking spotless, you can go into the small shop's and look around. Our local small shop has glass where you can see into the back as well. And, I raise the steer's we use lol. Nothing but good grass and coastal bermuda hay went into that steer.

 

I would eat horse shit before I ate horse anyway. I would go 100% veggie before I ate any horse. My Horses are smarter than most people I know. Fucker's sneaking horse into the food chain,  should be roped and drug across a very long pasture, through cactus and rocks. I might even volunteer to flip the loop if it was a bankster lol.

 

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:09 | 3255004 Oh regional Indian
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I hear you TeamTc. Absolutely to each their own. And if you do know your source and there is a degree of humane-ness in the animals rearing, go for it. That was the local part of what I said.

That said, I've been a rider for 30 years now and cannot imagine a horse being slaughtered for meat. Even how "lame" horses are put down without a thought is troubling.

So, I feel a special revilsion with this story.

But if there is one thing I've learned, again and again, there is no common moral code for the world except at the deepest, most axiomatic levels.

All else is culture and acculturated morality.

To each his/her own.

ori

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:10 | 3255014 Colonel Klink
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All those opposed, say NEIGH!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 05:20 | 3255491 Colonel Klink
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I see John Kerry didn't like the joke.  But why the long face?

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:11 | 3254820 Piranhanoia
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Rat roast,  coyote chops,  donkey pecker,  uncooked wild pig everything. Mad Cow, goat, horse, pig, and anything else the slaughter houses can get.  It is sold everywhere because cows are now so diseased they have to use more antibiotic every year, and it works less and less of the time, except to fuck you up.  How many immigrants do you figure are mixed in?   Keep eating it, yum.  It will kill you almost as fast as they killed what you ate.  Mutiny on the Bounty bitches.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:16 | 3254833 Son of Loki
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A potentially carcinogenic drug may have entered the human food chain through meat from horses slaughtered in the UK, Labour has claimed.

The shadow environment secretary, Mary Creagh, told the Commons she had evidence that several horses slaughtered in the UK last year tested positive for phenylbutazone.

Her claim comes days after the separate revelation that burgers sold by some supermarkets contained traces of horsemeat.

Creagh said: “I am in receipt of evidence showing that several horses slaughtered in UK abattoirs last year tested positive for phenylbutazone, or bute, a drug which causes cancer in humans and is banned from the human food chain. It is possible that those animals entered the human food chain.”

http://rtfitchauthor.com/tag/horsemeat/

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:52 | 3255155 Whoa Dammit
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Pure propaganda. You would pretty much have to eat an entire horse every day to have any ill effects from bute.

From Phenylbutazone in the horse: a review:

" Phenylbutazone is highly bound (greater than 98%) to plasma protein. After i.v. injection, blood levels decline with an elimination half-life of 3-10 h. The plasma kinetics of phenylbutazone may be dose dependent, with the plasma half-life increasing as the drug dosage level increases. Plasma residues of the drug at 24 h after a single i.v. dose of 2 g/450 kg average about 0.9 microgram/ml, but considerable variation occurs. If dosing is repeated, the plasma residue accumulates to give mean residual blood levels of approximately 4.5 microgram/ml on Day 5 after 4 days of dosing. Approximately similar blood levels are found after a combination of oral and i.v. dosing."

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3517382

Bute is being used in research to prevent cancer:

"Phenylbutazone may be of interest regarding research into anti-proliferative effects as well, especially in colorectal cancer studies. In studies with human colon cancer cell lines investigating anti-proliferative capabilities of NSAIDs, Phenylbutazone was noted to have intermediate anti-proliferative potency as compared to other NSAIDs."

http://www.scbt.com/datasheet-204843-phenylbutazone.html

 

That being said, for personal reasons I wouldn't want to eat  horse meat and object strongly to the food industry foisting it on people who believe they are buying a quite different product.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 01:44 | 3255254 Miffed Microbio...
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Agree Whoa, Bute is heavily used in the horse industry but the percentages of horse meat contamination cited here would not be dangerous to humans. The issue is fraud not public health. I for one would never wish to eat horse meat. I have had horses for 40 years. They are very different from bovines; sensitive, perceptive and quick. The slaughtering process would be terrifying to them. I know many would have a " parts is parts" view but those of us who know horses would feel differently. Funny thing is a few days ago my vet told me our area was home to 15,000 horses just 7 years ago and we now have 2,500. At $15-20/ bale of hay this made sense but I do wonder if USA has contributed to this in some way.

Miffed;-)

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 03:05 | 3255385 Non Passaran
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> The issue is fraud not public health.

But how the story is presented here one is lead to believe the main issue is public health and that there's something inherently wrong with (all) horse meat.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 03:03 | 3255382 Non Passaran
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Bravo and thanks for the info.

Finally someone who doesn't groupthink!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 08:02 | 3255560 Never One Roach
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Being defrauded about the meat cannot be the problem either. The world (including the EU) is saturated with fraud from banking to the real estate markets, so I doubt that's it. It's something on a deeper psychological level then fraud or bute. It also cannot be the "quality" of the food since KFC and McD are just as packed at the counters in Europe as anywhere else. These are both 'knee jerk reactions.'  It may be a deep emotional attachment to horses....I don't know.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:47 | 3255959 swiss chick
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Once in awhile TPTB have to show us how much they take care of us, NO?

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:42 | 3254914 wee-weed up
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donkey pecker... Damn, you let the secret out... Now everyone will know what they do after the donkey show in Tijuana.

All I can say is... DO NOT eat the tacos down there!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:09 | 3255012 Tijuana Donkey Show
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I just have a smoke, and think about how that poor girl lost her dignity in front of a large group of american men. A donkey show is one thing, but testifing before congress is enough for poor Hilliary Clinton. As least the glasses wipe off..............

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:29 | 3255079 wee-weed up
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TDS... Welcome, I thought I might get a rise out of you on this one.

I think even if we were to prove Hitlery actually "liked the donkeys," (they gotta be better than Slick Willey!) she would just shrug it off by proclaiming, "What difference does it make!"

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 01:01 | 3255177 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Don't diss slick Willey, he was great! As for Hitlery, fist, donkey dick, it's all large and in charge, so who's to call the little boundaries? If you were slick Willey, would you donkey show Hitlery? Not without the horsey sauce.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 01:07 | 3255192 wee-weed up
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What a hoot! But I'm sure Hitlery would oooze plenty of her own sauce (juice) once the donkey mounted her!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 01:11 | 3255199 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Also, we be wee-weeding up here right now. Gotta smoke at the show, before I disgrace the ho. If the ho don't fit, the show must acquit. 

 

(I'm imagining defending this joke in a GOVT trial several years from now. Not an easy sell....) 

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 01:20 | 3255221 wee-weed up
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What trial? They won't even bother with a re-education camp for us... we'll be first against the wall... and then, Ready, Aim, Fire!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 08:29 | 3255598 StychoKiller
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From yer typical Bureaucrat:  "Ready, Fire, Aim!"

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:32 | 3254881 Overfed
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Malthus, bitchez!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 07:02 | 3255541 BorisTheBlade
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Horseshit!

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:35 | 3254888 Elliott Eldrich
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"You'll ALL be eating roach crap by the turn of the century!" - "Bob" in a fight with his neighbors, according to the writings of the Church of the Subgenius.

Meh, so he was off by a decade or so. He screwed up on X-day too. You learn to take the fuckups with the slack when you walk the random path of the Subgenii...

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 01:28 | 3255208 JOYFUL
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There's a scandal going on here alright, but not all what it's being made out to be...

the bute thing is a joke...a made up excuse for a worry...there's so little compared to the massive amounts of hormones and antibiotics in 'normal' meat products that the whole thing is identical to the way neo-con sionazis obombats shed crocodile tears about how 'the people' of Libya-Syria-fill in next blank here- must be 'protected from their oppressive dictator leaders' so we'll just send in these mad dog jihadists to save them, whilst they drone 'the people' of Afghanistan-Pakistan-fill in your neighborhood here- to save them/you from the mad dog jihadists!!!!!

The real scandal is this...

the uproar over horsemeat in food supply is due to the instintive revulsion still lodged in the Europoid DNA for this misuse of our closest and dearest companions and helpmates of millenia....the real misnamed "indo-aryans" of our storied past were buried along with their horse...not the bizarre deteriorated phenomena of suttee of the Hindu aryan...in recognition of our four-legged friends position at the heart and soul of our culture and security.

All over Eurasia we roamed as warriors and freemen, based soley/souly upon mastery of stirrup and spear. The deepest most instinctive fear of the cabbalist criminal cabal now destroying the west is the lodged memory of the horsemen  who ended their slaver empire in the Volga swamps and sent them packing in search of a real livelihood.

Invention of weapons of mass killing potential like the machine gun have been at the behest and to the enormous financial and social benefit of these anti-social millenialist lunatics...whose first actions when in control of Rus(as sionist Bolshies)was to preside over the mega destruction of the Cossack Tatar cavalries which had thundered over the steppes for centuries. And the West suffered the same fate with WWI, posion gases, and the elimination of the art of war(and the man who practiced it!) ...which has now reached it's sad apogee with the announcement by the usurpers of our culture of this: http://www.globalresearch.ca/pentagon-creates-medal-to-honor-drone-opera... *

You are being bred and bled into a slave race...pick up your weapons and retrieve your honor now, or die on your knees as dregs of a once proud people and culture. Be a neigh-sayer to the death of the west!

*check out the face of that crypto Sabbatean in the pic and you will know the future...your khararian overlords.

Joe Liberman: Head of Homeland Security. Jewish

Diane Fienstien: Head of Senate Intelligence committee. Jewish

Daniel Benjiman: Head of Counter Terrorism. Jewish

Leon Panetta: Sec of Defense. Jewish

what's all the fuss!?

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 06:23 | 3255517 e-recep
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you still feed on what the msm cooked for you during cold war. the mess in usa was caused by ultra capitalists. profit no matter what. that's what capitalism is all about. and dont give that free market crap to me. capitalists hate free market.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 10:36 | 3255918 s0lspot
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Yeah bro word keep mixing everything up like that you ignorant twat, EVERYBODY know that private companies doing dirty business together is socialism. Certainly not capitalism, and even less of the financial type, as EVERYBODY knows both promote exclusively "whiter than white" and "holier than thou" ethical conducts, procedures and respect between independent & unregulated market actors.

On ZH & everywhere else, choosing one's words carefully is what distinguishes a leader from a sheeple, whichever side he may be on.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 15:25 | 3256977 thisandthat
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Capitalism (profit) at work.

Fixed.

Still, would rather eat certified horse/whatever meat than american frankenbeef.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:53 | 3254767 ACP
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1%? Hell, humans have more neanderthal dna than that.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/05/100506-science-neanderth...

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:58 | 3254786 Hulk
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Human males fucked the hairy Neanderthals out of existence, which simply implies that not even French Women are safe from us...

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:19 | 3254847 Manthong
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Seems like the horses aren’t either..

http://www.komonews.com/news/archive/4158101.html

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:03 | 3254990 Teamtc321
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Arabian Stallion? WTF. True definition of a jack hammer, un-real.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:13 | 3255025 Tijuana Donkey Show
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NOFX baby. Find a pic of the back cover for a true picture of this "crisis." 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heavy_Petting_Zoo

Back cover

http://u.jimdo.com/www43/o/s0ec0c2fb450c78d9/img/ic4e7cca64bbe38ab/1327859585/std/image.jpg

 

Pretty much sums it up. 

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:30 | 3254879 InTheLandOfTheBlind
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+1 Rio you site for making squirt whiskey out my nose

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:34 | 3254885 Hulk
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that gotta hurt...

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 12:59 | 3256469 InTheLandOfTheBlind
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twas makers and judging by my spelling last night, the 45% was working good.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:24 | 3254863 butchee
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I was kinda wondering if any human DNA had been found in frozen patties?

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:13 | 3255023 Anusocracy
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It would be a happy day if hamburger contained 1% Elite meat.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 08:13 | 3255570 spanish inquisition
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He said "tainted pasta"! Boy, they use every part of the horse for their fancy recipies in Europe.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:48 | 3254751 Yen Cross
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 This global thingy dingy is antiquated.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:51 | 3254759 Big Corked Boots
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Better to get your meat from the farmer down the road. At least you know where ol' Bossie has been.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:19 | 3254788 Yen Cross
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 Bossie is a hottie. You read the Australian threads News.com.au

 Are you kidding me?  http://www.news.com.au/

 I.m out of touch. I like MILFS

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:50 | 3254754 CheapBastard
Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:51 | 3254757 Hulk
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Apparently, the Book of Revelations meant to say "Horsemeat of the apocalypse"

That is all for now...

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:51 | 3254758 espirit
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HeHe.  After all, this is Fight Club Bitchez.

Maybe the rich really do prefer "horse".

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:52 | 3254760 wstrub
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supply destruction........how to get inflation up!  More convenient than a war......

 

 

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:52 | 3254763 Go Tribe
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I wondered what happened to Secretariat.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:06 | 3254805 nmewn
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As they come out of the final turn...its Mo PokeChop on the inside, followed by SoTender, MyNeigh and Tripe...wait a minute!...here comes Alpo on the outside ridden by Francois!...he's giving her the crop now...just look at that tenderization he's doing to those haunches!

Its gonna be a photo finish!

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:19 | 3254843 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Win, place, and show each win a Genuine Beef label. The rest are just Gaines Burgers on the hoof.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:50 | 3254955 francis_sawyer
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Your wife knows everything...

~~~

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3GKiRp333w

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:10 | 3255016 Yen Cross
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 A smart man you are.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:15 | 3255032 Tijuana Donkey Show
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It's Dog food, followed by Dog food, followed by Makes his own gravy, being trailed by CPI Switchout for chicken for old people! Adjustments bitchez!

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:13 | 3255022 WillyGroper
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Secretariat, don't know. All I can say is that I wish CNBS would send Sea Biscuit to the slaughterhouse.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:54 | 3254766 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Well put Tyler. 

From KFC to McDonalds, who knows what in the hell everyone is eating.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:57 | 3254781 espirit
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FiFi!  Where's my FiFi?

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:04 | 3254800 TheFourthStooge-ing
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.

FiFi!  Where's my FiFi?

Have you checked AnAnonymous' wok?

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:22 | 3254854 john39
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Euthanized dogs and cats end up in pet food... The drugs make pets sick sometimes

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:18 | 3255048 Tijuana Donkey Show
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A chinese chicken has 4 legs, and goes "meow."

A chinese cow has 4 legs, and goes "woof."

A chinese pig has 2 legs and goes "mom."

 

 

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:57 | 3254770 Yen Cross
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 Long Horse shit> Is camel still on the menu?

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:07 | 3254808 TheFourthStooge-ing
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It's all on the menu at JKC*, the popular new Chinese citizenism fastfood franchise.

 

*Just killed cat

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:16 | 3254831 Parrotile
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"Anything with wings except an airplane, anything with legs except a table".

At the rate of current "progress" coming to a COUNTY near you any time soon . . . . . . .(along with such dishes as "genuine RATatouille", and the "new improved, Organic" version of pink slime - MRM Mouse!)

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:56 | 3254775 Longing for the...
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Those suppliers are nothing but a bunch of whores (or is the plural horses?)

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:56 | 3254778 FreeMktFisherMN
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inflation here at Buffalo Joe's in the People's Republic of Evanston, too. Wings tiny (suicide sauce still good) w/hardly any meat, and price for a single order has jumped a ton. And a burger and waffle fries used to be 6.25 last spring; just got that same thing, now $6.99. A quick math calculation leads to .74/6.25 = 11.84% price increase. And Buff Joe's is all about low cost fare, greasy pit type, so they are not doing this because they 'all of a sudden' wanted to increase margins. They have to due to inflation.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 01:52 | 3254868 FreeMktFisherMN
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I'm told the wings used to be awesome there, and not just because of the sauce. Now they are pathetic little drummies if that.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:56 | 3254779 Atomizer
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Take school horsemeat and mix in 4 parts of pink slime to create a new government taxation revenue stream. The fears of US government being broke is quite transparent.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:57 | 3254782 Mae Kadoodie
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N e s t l e s makes the very best-horsemeat.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:02 | 3254792 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Not Nestlé! Neigh, neigh!

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:58 | 3254784 Unprepared
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"Horse, the other red meat"

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:00 | 3254790 Hulk
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"Horse, its whats for dinner. whether you know it or not"...

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:37 | 3255107 Anusocracy
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Time for some re-branding and the introduction of Horseburger Helper.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 22:58 | 3254787 bugs_
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Consider the scale of this!  From Norway to the Falkland Islands the shelves are full of it.  This is not an isolated instance of a criminal trying to make a fast buck or a single criminal firm.  No my friends this is state sponsored food terrorism at a scale so large that only an economic superpower can possibly be behind it.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:10 | 3254818 Hulk
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Damn! What if everyone gets mad horse disease ??? Can you imagine everyone running around Europe naked, and wanting to be mounted ???

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 01:49 | 3255264 Manic by Proxy
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You're describing Brussels, Amsterdam and San Francisco. Also, my living room.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:14 | 3254827 espirit
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I think I'll quit buying that "corned beef" from Argentina, and maybe Brazil.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:02 | 3254793 RideTheWalrus
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Soylent Brown is HORSE!!

oh, it gets worse than that....

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:05 | 3254795 Yen Cross
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  This is looking good. http://anheuser-busch.com/    Horse( Clyesdales) and beer .

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:07 | 3254798 Judge Crater
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Great story with graphics by the Financial Times on the horse meat food adulteration scandal.  The big unanswered question now is has the Food and Drug Administration in the USA done any DNA testing on beef hamburger imports for horse meat DNA?  This is the same FDA that went hogwild in 2008 over OSCS contaminated heparin distributed by Baxter International while ignoring the OSCS ccontaminated blood thinner Lovenox, an injectible drug used by hundreds of thousands of patients, in and out of hospitals.  The FDA, like the SEC, is a bought off regulatory agency which only targets outsiders and nobodies unless there is a big scandal.  So don't hold your breath waiting for the FDA to test TV dinners for signs of horse meat or donkey meat DNA or to test stuff like imported meat ravioli products from Italy.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:21 | 3255054 Tijuana Donkey Show
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Wait till they test it for human DNA....  that's why the illegal workers at the beef plant never come home. The last tamale...................

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:04 | 3254799 NoDebt
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<gulp> Tastes just fine to me!

Imagine that.  The meat industry in the news for bad behavior.  Haven't we seen this movie before (like for the last 100 years)?

If you believe the paper labels on the "food" you buy, I have some nice paper currency you might be interested in.

 

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:34 | 3254889 Overfed
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The Jungle.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 01:57 | 3255277 Curiously_Crazy
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5 years ago it was about pies (containing to much soy as a filler) 10 years ago it was about fish being incorrectly labled (cheap fish like flake sold as snapper) but for fucks sake if people are eating it and not knowing the difference who is really at fault.

I'm sick and tired of all this nannying. Anyone with any common sense could figure it out and if they don't is it really such a loss?  Does it really matter if one buys a pie and it contains soy products? does it matter to society as a whole if one buys a fish labled as snapper when it's not - hey after all they seem to be happy shoving the deep fried shit down there gobs. And yes, does it really matter if a percentage of horse is in your bloody churned up manufactured artificial buger meat? People have eaten horses for eons. It was common even in the UK during the World wars because of other meat shortages.

But I guess it keeps the sheeple distracted from things like. Oh I dunno, the economy, illegal banking practices, destruction of countries..  silly stuff like that.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:04 | 3254801 Rusty Trombone
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Looks like the Neighs have it by a furlong............

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:05 | 3254802 chump666
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First they watered down Heineken, next they tried to water down Makers Mark, now horse meat (Weimar style) goes global

Hyper inflation signs baby. 

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:06 | 3254803 fuu
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7,067,154,667 and counting.

After we eat all the horses do we start in on the wildebeasts?

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:06 | 3254806 Cabreado
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13. Why are governments talking about organised crime?

Is that a trick question?

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:16 | 3254832 espirit
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No, it's competition.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:07 | 3254807 ForWhomTheTollBuilds
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The Pink Slime debacle was enough to get me to make efforts to ensure the meat I was eating was as close to the cow as I could get it.  I guess I cannot be sure unless I kill it myself, but I am through with pre-packaged meat products.

<sarcasm>I bet Nestle and the Pink Slime people will receive a punishment that will truly make them regret defrauding the masses.  You can be sure that our regulators have our backs because they know the altarnative is a libertarian society where the products we buy could contain anything</sarcasm>

 

 

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:17 | 3254835 Piranhanoia
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Why do you figure it just started?  No one gets that the mad cow deal never got solved, just covered up, and that is why so many people are going wacko.  Now eating this crap isn't voluntary with spam and other organ meats from a variety of the animal kindom.  Have a zombie?

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:34 | 3254887 ForWhomTheTollBuilds
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"Why do you figure it just started?"

 

Excellent point.  I often have to remind myself not to confuse my belief that things are getting worse with what is really just a growing understanding of things the way they probably have always been.  It's so easy to confuse the two because the former is more exciting (it feels like Im "on the case" and that I can maybe help change the outcome when in reality I'm more like a cop arriving at the scene of a murder that occured in the past).

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:08 | 3254812 devo
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By the time Bernake is done with us we're going to be begging for horse meat.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:21 | 3254852 SHEEPFUKKER
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And wash it down with some watered down Makers Mark. 

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:35 | 3254891 InTheLandOfTheBlind
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Makers have changed their stance but even at 42 it is higher than the likes of Templeton

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:45 | 3254935 booboo
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google up some pictures of starving Germans hacking meat off a dead horse in the street. Past is prologue 

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:09 | 3254813 malek
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Horse ads?

Such as "Don't change horses in midstream"?

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:39 | 3254902 A Lunatic
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Anyone else seeing these banner ads for Tijuana donkey ladies...........??

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:25 | 3255062 Tijuana Donkey Show
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PEOPLE KEEP CALLING MY NAME! The ladies are union, Teamster to be exact, and only take it with a sweet comp package. Package is code word for my ballls.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:26 | 3255067 Tijuana Donkey Show
Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:09 | 3254814 digalert
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While in the free USA, if you question whether your FDA approved meat is beef or horse, you will be NDAA'd.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:10 | 3254815 Dr. Engali
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I always thought it was funny that people accepted the fact that the stuff they put in those products was meat to begin with.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:13 | 3254825 Hulk
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I always just assumed potted meat was Horse anyway...

(and thinking about it, potted meat prepared us all so well for pink slime)

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:11 | 3254817 Catflappo
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Next we'll get incredible revelations such as discovering that Big Macs have shrunk again and again over the years,  packets of biscuits contain less biscuits than they used to (and they're smaller biscuits well), and that our coffee now costs the same or more but contains substandard beans.

 

All of which is fine because CPI ex-food, ex-auto, ex-fucking everything is ticking along comfortably at something point something percent.

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 00:29 | 3255074 Tijuana Donkey Show
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CPI Ex-horse! This is proof of how the CPI adjusts items based on price. One day horse, next day cat food. Cat food is actually eating cats for food. Ask Granny, she'll tell you about "short chicken.."

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:11 | 3254821 Teamtc321
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"13. Why are governments talking about organised crime?

Previous convictions of dealers and traders along with intelligence suggest a link between the horse trade, meat laundering and various forms of trafficking. Lorries transporting horses have been used as cover for smuggling large quantities of cannabis between the UK and Northern Ireland and lorries transporting horsemeat to the continent are believed to be used for people smuggling on the return journey."

 

Is anyone really fucking surprised by this #13?

Let me fix that subject heading real quick below then.  

13.

Why are we just now talking about organised government crime?

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:12 | 3254823 Atlantis Consigliore
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its called Counterfeit,  like Gold/ tungsten,  and devalued paper script;   do you know whats in your wallet,  feed bowl?

 

angry? go take a Cruise on the FED Boat.   

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:15 | 3254829 razorthin
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I think I am going to start harvesting the rabbits and woodchucks on my property.

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 23:17 | 3254834 Yen Cross
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 I can't stop laughing. You guys are killing me!  I need a fucking nap, and you ZHedgers are keeping me awake!

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