Eating (like) a horse

lafBoth equine (horse) and porcine  (pig) DNA  has been found found in Irish checks on meat samples at three UK processing plants – two in Ireland and one in Britain.

Oh! The horror!

Now the British and Irish governments, along with the two countries’ food safety watchdogs, are investigating whether suppliers in the Netherlands or Spain have played a part in the horsemeat scandal that has led to supermarkets clearing their shelves of some burger lines, says the Guardian.

But it’s It is a major meat in  some countries, notably in Central Asia, says the Wikipedia going on:

It forms a significant part of the culinary traditions of many others, from Europe to South America to Asia.

“The top eight countries consume about 4.7 million horses a year. For the majority of mankind’s early existence, wild horses were hunted as a source of protein. It is slightly sweet, tender, low in fat and high in protein.[

“However, because of the role horses have played as companions and as workers, and concerns about the ethics of the horse slaughter process, it is a taboo food in some cultures.

“These historical associations, as well as ritual and religion, led to the development of the aversion to the consumption of horse meat.

“The horse is now given pet status by many in some parts of the Western world, particularly in the U.S.A., United Kingdom and Ireland, which further solidifies the taboo on eating its meat. This avoidance and the loss of taste for it is relatively modern, although it arises out of complex historical and cultural origins.”

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