ver the past few weeks, there's been an uptick in stories about horse meat being found in food that was labeled as something else. First it was horse meat found in Tesco burgers, then it was horse meat found in Burger King burger patties, and the latest story has Nestle pulling beef pasta meals from shelves after horse DNA was discovered in the products.
While these discoveries don't automatically pose a health threat to someone eating the food, it has certainly grossed out a good number of people. And while some people have the thought of "eating cow is no different than eating horse, so what's the big deal?", there's something to be said for knowing what you're actually consuming.
With the controversy over horse meat in beef, it's important that companies remain rigid in honest food labeling.
Honesty in food production is something that needs to be rigid, as it's a slippery slope of mislabeling if one thing is allowed to slide. For example, the horse meat fiasco may not pose a health threat, but if someone allergic to eggs or dairy ate some meat that had binding agents that contained eggs or dairy in it but wasn't labeled as such, the result could be deadly. Further, if someone was keeping Kosher and pork had been found in these burger patties, the issue would be much, much different.
And though some people may say, "Well, you're eating fast food, you should know it's garbage," the fact remains: if something is labeled as a certain food, it should be that food.