Horsemeat scandal: are consumers to blame?

Published måndag 11 februari 2013 kl 15:52
Photo: Amel Emric / AP / Scanpix
Who's responsible horsemeat ending up in food packages that were labeled to contain only beef meat? Photo: Amel Emric / AP / Scanpix

The horsemeat scandal is widening in Europe. Supermarkets in not just Sweden, but also Britain, Ireland, and France have been recalling packages of food because their labels aren't accurately reflecting what lies inside.

For example, Findus-brand frozen lasagna, which promises to contain 100 per cent beef meat, wound up containing horsemeat. The horsemeat is reported to have come from Romania through a complicated supply chain – involving France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Cyprus, and now many of the parties within that supply chain are threatening lawsuits against each other.

Who should be held responsible, and how can consumers know that what they are putting in their mouths is what they think it is?

Radio Sweden interviews Björn Bernhardson from Äkta Vara, a group lobbying for better food quality. He believes there is plenty of blame to go around, because there is so much pressure to keep prices low. Bernhardson also believes the more locally people and producers source their food, the more control they will have over it.

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