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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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Burger King Admits To Serving Horse Meat

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Now that Burger King has fessed up to serving horse meat in its burger patties, one wonders what other animals made it into its not so delicious offerings. Gawker sums up the scandal:

Though it initially made “absolute assurances” that all of its burgers were 100% beef, Burger King has been forced to admit that some of its patties may have contained horse meat, after traces of equine DNA were found at one of their processing plants.

The scandal started two weeks ago, when supermarket chains in the UK and Ireland began pulling certain beefburger products off the shelf after test concluded that they contained varying amounts of horse meat.

The tainted product was traced back to three processing plants, one of which — Silvercreft Foods — supplies Burger King restaurants in both the UK and Ireland with some of their patties.

“Our independent DNA test results on product taken from restaurants were negative for any equine DNA,” the company said in a statement.

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Cloned Horses Allowed To Compete In The Olympics

It won’t be long before the basketball championship consists of an American squad of Michael Jordan clones squaring off against a foreign squad of Michael Jordan clones with pencil mustaches. Slate reports:

Reversing an earlier ban, the international governing body for equestrian sports has decided that cloned horses can compete alongside their traditionally bred counterparts.

“The FEI will not forbid participation of clones or their progenies in FEI competitions,” the Federation Equestre Internationale said after its June meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, according to The Chronicle of the Horse. “The FEI will continue to monitor further research, especially with regard to equine welfare.”

That’s good news for two companies—ViaGen in Texas and Cryozootech in France—that have successfully cloned champion horses, mainly for breeding purposes. Cryozootech has produced two clones of the American show-jumping champion Gem Twist. ViaGen, which owns the rights to the technology that produced the famous cloned sheep Dolly, has cloned several horses.

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