It has been confirmed by international authorities that large portions of horse meat have been found to be intermingled with ground beef used in hamburger. The majority of the contaminated meat was found in Ireland and Great Brittan.
The largest grocery store chain in the United Kingdom, Tesco, attempted to apologize to its millions of customers but the damage has already been done and the global demand for meat has already shown a sharp decline in the days after the discovery was made public. Tests reported by CNN.com found that in some instances as much as 29% of a hamburger package contained horse meat. That means that for every ten hamburgers made, three were comprised entirely of horse meat.
While horse is the main intrigue and outrage it was not the only foreign meat discovered. A shocking 23 out of 25 packages of hamburger were found to contain traces of pork DNA. You thought you were getting ground beef, and you were actually getting ground beef, pork, and horse.
To make matters worse it is a taboo in the Catholic religion to eat horse, which has been ordained by the Vatican for over 1,000 years. Among those of the Jewish and Muslim faiths, it is a spiritual taboo to eat pork. It is not known how long the contamination has been allowed to happen, or how many people's religious beliefs have been violated.
Millions of pounds of hamburger have been recalled from the shelves and if history is any indication of a slump in sales, the beef industry should likely prepare to suffer from a large drop in revenue.
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