15 Tips To Avoid Eating Horse Meat

The European food industry has been rocked by the ever-evolving horsemeat scandal. Here’s what you need to watch out for if you don’t want a bite of horse.

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2. Ikea Meatballs.

Ikea has announced that it is stopping sales “of the concerned batch” of meatballs in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland.

3. Nestle Beef Tortellini

Two Nestle beef pasta products had more than 1% horse DNA.

4. Nestle Buitoni Beef Ravioli.

These products were taken off of supermarket shelves in Italy, Spain, and France.

5. Nestle Lasagnes a la Bolognaise Gourmandes.

Used exclusively in the catering business.

6. Findus Lasagna, found to contain up to 100% horsemeat.

7. Beef products from the European supermarket chain Tesco.

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Tesco burgers were found to contain up to 30% horsemeat.

8. Aldi carried and sold both of these items.

Aldi spokesperson told The Guardian: “Anyone who has these products in their freezer should return them to retailers as a precaution.”

9. Burger King threw out thousands of beef patties in the U.K. and Ireland.

Including those for the famous Whopper.

And their popular Angus burgers.

10. Irish beef supplier Silvercrest has shipped horse-contaminated meats.

11. As has Dalepak in Yorkshire, U.K.

12. Tests on beef distributed by Freeza Meats in Northern Ireland showed the meat contained 80% horse.

13. French beef supplier Spanghero has been accused of passing off horsemeat in meals labeled as beef and selling it to supermarkets in 16 countries.

Production at the company was shut down in wake of the scandal. Production licensee has since been partially restored but the company has been told it must not handle or make any food from frozen products.

According to The Guardian, 4,500,000 prepared meals in 13 European countries had horse meat in them.

14. If you dislike horse meat, do not join the Polish or Italian mafias.

An investigation surrounds a scheme where mafias take horsemeat lawfully produced in Eastern European slaughterhouses…

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And mix it with ground beef to lower the unit price.

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15. However, it should be noted that horsemeat is still eaten in many parts of the world.

You can find horse on regular menus in China, Japan, and Indonesia, as well as countries in Europe, including France and Switzerland.

And Montreal, where people are pretty chill and just don’t think it’s a big deal.

Even celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay serves horsemeat at his restaurants in the U.K.

Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant got dumped with horse manure in a PETA Europe protest against the use of horsemeat in the chef’s recipes back in 2007.

Don’t worry too much, though: None of the companies involved in the European scandal export beef to the U.S.

16. Although selling horsemeat in the U.S. is legal, there are currently no horse slaughterhouses operating. So if you live here, you’re pretty safe.

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