Next we will have an uproar about the contents of E120!!!
100% horse meat, neigh it can't be true
The food industry exists to make a profit not look after our health that’s the Governments jobs; consumers/government’s have allowed a situation to occur where we will eat any processed food as long as it’s cheap. Sadly for many families cheap food is the only option available due to our continual race to the bottom of the wages table.
Recent history is littered with examples where profit/greed by the big multinational food suppliers/producers forcing down the margins of our farmers added to/resulted in (depends on your point of view) salmonella in eggs, BSE, Turkey Twisters being feed to school children, faeces in burgers, etc, etc, etc all overseen by the likes of the Food Standards Agency (£1.2Bn of your hard earned taxes and 1700 staff employed to do?).
In the drive to maximise profits we now import meat from anywhere that’s cheap, acknowledging/ignoring the fact that poor or non-existent enforcement of food production quality standards exist and behold we can now by processed meals containing meat other than those advertised on the packaging.
The great and the good saying "I’m personally shocked that cheap processed food contains cheap unregulated meat products." is in my view symptomatic of I am not to blame it was the system. (Staffordshire Hospital being the latest example of this)
Will anything change? With the exception of food costing more, increasing profits for the perpetrators of this situation; sadly not be prepared for another false out cry when poor/contaminated products enter the food chain.
The basic gist of the NZ milk scandal centres around the use of, for the last 7 years or so, of an unauthorised fertiliser (DCD) , on the grass. Now Fonterra are the worlds largest dairy Co-Operative and the allegation is that they've found traces of DCD in milk used for some products, specifically milk powders, used in products such as infant formula (the chinese have kicked up a right stink about this due to the melamine incident a few years ago). Although we're assured it's safe the main issue is that the government AND Fonterra knew about this months ago, apparently. When did they let everyone know about this contamination? Why after they opened on the stock market!
Cue furious anger from investors, customers et al over this blatant cover up. If the products are safe to consume as per Fonterra and the NZ government why did Fonterra feel the need to inform the NZ government of the contamination in the first place. The whole incident has basically lost Fonterra a lot of consumer confidence and trust What else aren't they letting folk know. Here's the response from Fonterra.
Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited backs the move by Ravensdown and Ballance to voluntarily suspend sales and use of Dicyandiamide (DCD) treatment on farm land until further notice.
The fertiliser companies announced the suspension today after very low levels of DCD were identified in some test samples of dairy products.
“We have been assured by New Zealand’s regulatory authority – the Ministry of Primary Industries - that there is no food safety risk. However, DCD residues in agricultural products may present a future trade issue,” said Managing Director Co-operative Affairs Todd Muller.
“Although DCD was a promising option for reducing nitrate leaching, it is critical that New Zealand’s trade reputation is preserved. The voluntary suspension is the responsible approach in the absence of any internationally agreed standards for DCD residues in food,” said Mr Muller.
Fonterra will participate in a working group set up by the Ministry of Primary Industries to examine what the suspension means in terms of the future use of DCD in farming, including the impact on water quality requirements.
Next we will have an uproar about the contents of E120!!!
Actually it may be on a list of banned substances as early as next year as will many Aluminium Lake food colourings. I'm part of the consultation on this. We use it in our Cheddar and Port cheese as a colouring as port doesn't stain curd very well. It's a shame as there are very few stable red colourings for food. Beetroot isn't too bad however it's no use for colouring cheese as over time it has a tendency of fading to brown. Not much cop if you're maturing your cheese for a year or more.
Cheers Benji! Contaminated baby milk powder? That's always going to be a winner with consumers!
Well, for my sins, i work on a checkout in a big supermarket sometimes. And it is surprising the amount of money people will spend on really bad food choices thinking it will go further/keep the kids happy/cost less
Don't worry, a reliable source has told me that Findus lasagne is perfectly safe, I'm sure it's true as I heard it straight from the horse's mouth.
kevevs - maybe, but as long as there's huge bottle of diet fizzy drink in there, then at least they're taking a healthy option - right?
a reliable source has told me that Findus lasagne is perfectly safe, I'm sure it's true as I heard it straight from the horse's mouth.
well really, talking lasagne, whatever next?
This is an education problem primarily. Do people not understand that for meat to be cheap, massive corners have to be cut?
I don't buy the 'affordability' rationale either - fresh veg, fruit, rice, beans etc etc are not relatively expensive but I think a lot of people lack the knowledge and confidence to cook basic foodstuffs and so they buy 'cheap' processed crap... And I'm including educated, middle classes in this.
Simple rule. The closer the food is to it's natural state (ie. the less-processed it is), the less damage it will do and the healthier it is. You can't rip the nutrients out of a whole raw carrot...
People are not forced to eat processed food, it's 100% choice. The UK is currently making very poor choices (69% men overweight/obese, 59% women overweight/obese). If we choose price and convenience over our health then that's our choice and manufacturers will provide for it...
Simple rule. The closer the food is to it's natural state (ie. the less-processed it is), the less damage it will do and the healthier it is.
The doctor who pumped my stomach after I'd eaten a bit of deadly nightshade might just want you to put a caveat in there somewhere.
for meat to be cheap, massive corners have to be cut?
So which part of a horse is the corner?
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