It’s unlikely to be Horsegate Mark II, but the idea that undeclared offal and blood is being added to meat products will nevertheless set alarm bells ringing.
“It’s easy to feel queasy over undeclared offal and blood tests”
Julia Glotz, Buying & Supplying Editor
Of course, there are still many unanswered questions about the East Midlands test results we report on this week: the methodology has not yet been validated, and until further tests are conducted the jury is out on how serious these latest discoveries really are.
But with memories of the horsemeat scandal still fresh, the findings will nevertheless reignite debate about standards and authenticity in the food sector - particularly at the cheap end of the market. The fact that testing efforts are being directed specifically at the value end of the ready meals market, for example, is telling. We all know the damage that was done.
Consumers and industry should take some solace from the fact resources are being spent on developing new testing methods, which will make it easier to catch labelling offenders in the future.
But that’s unlikely to stop them from feeling rather queasy in the meantime.