I’ve been watching the European horsemeat scandal with one eye because, well, it just didn’t seem like it would really affect me.
That is until I saw that international retailing giant Ikea said it is pulling its meatballs from stores in more than 20 countries because a Czech Republic store found horsemeat in the product.
Ikea says it tested its meatballs two weeks ago and didn’t find any horse DNA. Regardless, they decided to pull the meatballs from stores in the Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Greece, Cyprus, and Ireland, among others. No more meatballs.
The United States is not on the list, so I have to believe that means the meatballs sold here are horsemeat-free. Or should I say, I want to believe it. The U.S. doesn’t allow horses to be slaughtered for human consumption and we don’t import beef from any of the companies involved in the overseas scandal.
But still, I’ve had those Ikea meatballs before. They are good. Really good. Swedish Meatballs...mmmm. But Swedish Horseballs? I'm not so sure about that.
The rational side of me knows that horsemeat isn’t bad for you. And I know this argument is really about truth in labeling and packaging. If it says beef it better be from a cow. But for me, it’s just the idea of eating a horse. Kind of like the idea of eating a dog…or a cat.
But then again, I eat beef, which I’m sure would repulse those who practice the Hindu religion and abstain from eating cows. It’s all a matter of taste…and what your culture finds acceptable and “normal.” What do you think?
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