It seems that the beef in Tesco’s Spaghetti Bolognaise was actually horsemeat. So, who’s surprised that processed foods are contaminated? Or that if you can’t be bothered or don’t have the skill to cook then you’ll be ripped off? Or that every step in food processing is an opportunity to pad out expensive raw ingredients with cheap filler?
I want to rant. But I’m not going to.
I just hope that this latest food scandal will make people think a little more about the food they eat, so that when they reach for the cheapest sausages, they’ll question how much of the “pork” is made from mechanically recovered meat slurry or that instead of buying a plastic tray of cooked and mashed potato they buy (for the same price) three times as many raw potatoes, which they boil and mash themselves.
I’d like to think that the obvious lack of traceability and dodgy practises involved with the processed food chain would encourage people to support our farmers, growers, independent butchers and food shops whenever we can, but we appear to be wedded to the supermarkets despite their obvious shortcomings. Perhaps, at the very least, it will make us read the labels, check the ingredients and use our brains when we shop for food.
I know it’s very old fashioned to roast a joint of meat for Sunday dinner, eat it cold on Monday, use it for a pie on Tuesday and soup on Wednesday, but it’s looking a fine proposition at the moment. And I wouldn’t mind if it was horsemeat, just so long as I knew what I was eating.