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horsemeatRising beef prices and a public preference for cheap food were contributory factors leading to the horsemeat scandal.

The horsemeat scandal erupted in January when tests in Ireland revealed some beef products also contained equine DNA.

The discovery prompted tests and fresh debates across Europe on the ethical and gastronomic merits of eating horse.

But people  are mostly shocked about this food fraud issue because they think no lessons have been learnt about food safety, even after the “mad cow disease” crisis in the late 90’s.

 Source: BBC News and NTDTV.

After watching the video  answer the following questions:

  1. How has this scandal affected the sales of beef?
  2. Who is responsible for food safety?
  3. What has caused the problem?
  4. What should manufacturers do?
  5. What has EU promised to do?


  • Enforce, to make people obey a law, or to make a particular situation happen or be accepted.
  • Bute, informal term for phenylbutazone.

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This entry was posted on 11/03/2013 by in Food, Listening, Reading and writing.
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