Our Tesco stocks sausages made from local pork and made in the processing factory down the road, pig goes in, sausages come out.
We buy the 'Black Farmer' range of sausages in asda. They are the best I've ever tasted and that includes the ones we bought from a local butcher. 98% meat. They are lovely.
The drug issue is a red-herring anyway - the chances of enough "bute" being in the meat to cause issues is remote. It is used on humans too - In the UK it is used to treat ankylosing spondylitis, but only when other therapies are unsuitable. It is only dangerous in large doses, and anyway, what about all the antibiotics and hormones that can be present in meat?
The main issue is the fact that something was in the meat that shouldn't be - and I would like to know that the testing is going to be stepped up on other things such as chicken or pork ready-meals.
Some manufacturers get away with saying "processed in the UK" but this doesn't mean it is UK meat.
I know Irish beef may be problematic at the moment but if a company like Macdonalds can state that it only uses British and Irish beef - despite their burgers being pretty cheap - then why can't others?
Although the supermarkets and companies are to blame, the consumer who wants ever cheaper food is also at fault. We eat entirely too much meat anyway, I'm sure others of my generation can remember our mothers managing to feed a family on a lot less meat than we use now. We should be eating less meat of better, and probably more expensive, quality.
As a child in the 50s & 60s I can remember huge joints of meat on Sunday, followed by serving it cold on Monday & minced/casseroled on Tuesday...... we don't have joints like that these days.
I can sympathise. If I recall correctly Teenage children = bottomless food pit & bottomless money pit..... & they still cost when they are in their 30s.....
If people start thinking a bit more about what they eat and start to wonder what's really in those burgers at 8 for £1 and so-on, that's a good thing really.
Last edited by Roberto; 28th February 2013 at 11:30 AM.
Well it just got worse in our household.
This morning the other half found a probably dead, maybe just in deep hibernation due to the cold, exotic looking spider and egg sac attached to a cluster of Red grapes we bought from Tesco's on Sunday.
As the grapes are imprted from Peru I don't hold out much hope that it's a local creep.
I would provide a picture but her survival instinct borne of EXTREME arachnaphobia kicked in and the critter was verily crushed into an unrecognisable mush by the immediate and repeated application of a big cold firm grape.
it was about the size of a 50p piece and pale coloured, so not a black widow at least.
Although there have been reports of either live black windows, or black widows that were alive at the time (due to the presence of large amounts of webbing)
I would've thought they'd have sorted it by now. Was a good few months ago I saw a report about it for the first time.
Well the event obviosuly sparked a bit of immediate research on my part this morning.
Lots of reports going back to at least 2002. One of which was a Daily Fail article about the aforementioned "natural pest control", Tesco have obviously denied it.
It must be cheaper to buy grapes grown in southern Europe rather than Amazonian South America!! or at least, it ought to be
Perhaps the whole Horse meat thing (which Tesco have responded too with a pledge to "buy British" more) may put all this global food distribution into a clearer light.
Offending pack of grapes has been disposed of.. They offered a refund if I could take them to the store. It'll cost £3 to get there and the grapes are only worth £4...
Should we not assume profit was the driving factor, Amazonian grapes may be better quality than the EU grapes. Or the EU grapes may be unavailable because they're all sold off to cheap wine vendors that bulk-buy grapes instead of growing them themselves.
Pretty sure it's all about the profit, though.
Last edited by Garacesh; 5th March 2013 at 12:30 PM.
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