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At the moment this fare appears to be limited to the UK, but, especially in light of the sequester which begins today and guarantees to reduce the number of food inspectors, it’s inevitable that folk in New Jersey will unwittingly be eating ground equine, instead of ground beef in their Doritos.
(Newser) If you don’t want to eat horse, you might want to drop the chalupa. The great European horse meat scandal has spread to Taco Bell, with British regulators revealing today that they found horse meat at the chain’s UK locations. That, it turns out, puts the Bell in pretty elite company; of the 1,797 meat samples regulators tested from across the country, only four came up positive, including Birds Eye ready meals and Brakes skewers, which had already been implicated, Reuters reports.
Taco Bell has just three outlets in the UK. The company released a statement stressing that the contaminated meat came from a single supplier in Europe, and noting, “We immediately withdrew ground beef from sale in our restaurants, discontinued purchase of that meat, and contacted the Food Standards Agency.” But the news comes at an inconvenient time for parent company Yum Brands, which just this week announced it was tightening safety standards after its Chinese KFC restaurants had a contaminated chicken scare.
So now it’s horses, and that makes me wonder what’s next? Dogs and cats perhaps?