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Why Did Eating Horsemeat Become Taboo?

Kevin Kampwirth writes at Mental Floss:

When news broke earlier this year that a spate of European supermarkets had been selling frozen beef products adulterated with horsemeat, a large portion of the Western world collectively wretched. A couple of the products in question—frozen hamburger patties and beef lasagna—showed horse DNA at levels ranging from trace amounts up to 100 percent, and were quickly pulled from freezer cases as the slaughterhouses of origin were investigated. The plot thickened this week after inspectors in the Czech Republic reported that samples from Ikea’s voraciously consumed meatballs turned up evidence of horse DNA, prompting the Swedish mega-retailer to halt sales of its marquee offering in 14 European countries.

As EU authorities try to make sense of the scandal and call for stricter oversight of Europe’s notoriously unregulated meatpacking industry, millions of people around the world are likely wondering what the big fuss is. Despite the notion of horses as pets and companions, horsemeat is widely and willingly consumed in countries ranging from Mexico to China to Italy.

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Congress To Attempt CISPA Again, Plus Horsemeat Sold As ‘Beef

Life in 2013 is starting to resemble a modern-day Upton Sinclair novel. Congress plans to re-introduce surveillance bill CISPA completely unchanged, citing recent cyberattacks. Will they take out the most worrying aspects of CISPA before trying again? Negative. As The Next Web reported, CISPA will be attempted again "in its exact previous form." Oh, and your delicious supermarket "beef" may contain up to 100% horsemeat.
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British Horsemeat Scandal Now An ‘International Conspiracy’

Scandalized British carnivores conned into eating horses rather than cows are now being told by their government that there is an “international conspiracy” and “the horsemeat contamination in Beef Lasagne was not accidental,” reports Sky News:

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has told Sky News an “international conspiracy” could be at the centre of the horsemeat scandal, and police might begin an investigation.

He made the comments following an emergency meeting with food producers, leading supermarkets and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in central London.

Mr Paterson said it had been agreed that there would be “a very rapid analysis of current products”, with results by the end of next week, to understand “the extent of this problem which is either caused by gross incompetence or what I suspect is actually an international criminal conspiracy”.

“If there’s a criminal act we will work with the authorities wherever they are to ensure the appropriate measures are taken,” he said.

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