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Elaine Lemm

Concerned About Horsemeat? Talk to Your Butcher.

By February 11, 2013

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Thank you everyone who has contacted me about the horsemeat scandal currently raging in British food. Daily there are new shocking revelations. I do not want to comment on this issue - and have even turned down invitations from the BBC to talk about the matter - as it is a hugely shocking affair with many aspects I am not privy to.

What I will say, however, is there is one way to deal with the uncertainty of what your meat is, go to your local butcher.

I have always been an advocate of "your butcher knows best" and now even more than ever. A good butcher should be able to tell you where your meat comes from, some will know right down to the animal and it will not be a horse. The effort taken to find your butcher is well worth it for the peace of mind that the meat in your shopping is what it is supposed to be. Supporting local butchers will ensure they continue, as without them, I think this horsemeat scandal will only be the tip of an almighty iceberg.

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