Sure Its Horse-meat. But Its Healthy Horse-meat!

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The recent meat industry scandal in Europe caused an examination in the United States of its own meat production and distribution industry and the conclusion reached and widely reported was that the problem with horse-meat ‘contaminating’ the meat supply was limited to Europe. America’s beef was all beef, no horse. How reassuring. Not mentioned however is the fact that Americans are routinely exposed to much higher incidences of bacterial contamination of their meat because our government does not inspect and protect us from such processing contamination to the degree that European governments routinely protect their citizens. Here are the numbers: On average, Americans consume roughly 270 pounds of meat every year. According to Center for Disease Control estimates, 48 million Americans get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die from food-borne illnesses every year. In comparison, the entire European Union had roughly 45,000 illnesses and 32 deaths from contaminated food in 2008. That means food-borne illness strikes 15 percent of Americans each year, but only .00009 percent of Europeans. America’s inspection and contamination standards are so low in comparison to the industrialized world’s standards that American meat exports have routinely been refused and sent back for American consumption because they were too highly contaminated with heavy-metals or bacteria to meet international standards. Mexico refused a shipment of American beef in 2008 because it exceeded Mexico’s upper regulatory limit for copper contamination. The US has no such restrictions so Americans are exposed to these higher levels of toxins from which other nations protect their citizens.

Stories like horse-meat finding its way into the European food supply make big headlines around the world. Americans however are routinely kept ignorant of the lax regulatory practices that have resulted in thousands of illnesses and deaths every year because our corporate news media outlets will only report what doesn’t threaten the bottom-line of their parent corporations and affiliates. Europeans may be shocked at scandals such as this, but revelation results in remedy. When a population never finds out the failures of its industry because it is in the financial interests of those who control the media not to cover such stories, remedies are never made and people continue to get sick and die by the thousands so a few rich people can get even richer. The message Europeans should take away from this is that a free press will protect them from the criminal excesses of their industrialist class if they keep their press free. Americans on the other hand have largely lost that protection because news in America is so thoroughly filtered by the corporate media which protects the interests of its owners that Americans will continue to be uninformed about the very real dangers that exist all around them in not only their food-supply but in every other aspect of their lives. Regulation of industry keeps consumers safe, but in America the right-wing media has convinced many Americans that regulation is a dirty word and big government is the problem, not big corporations. So enjoy your horse-meat, Europe. Most likely its healthier for you than what Americans are consuming!


(c) February 21, 2013 Bethany Ariel Frasier

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1 thought on “Sure Its Horse-meat. But Its Healthy Horse-meat!

  1. Returning rotten-meat scandals in Europe are not new. People are concerned about the fact, that the responsible authorities did not act and if they acted it was too slow. I will not speculate why the authorities show such a lack of willingness, I would like to focus on the following:

    – Horse-meat is not cheaper than beef.

    – So if horse-meat is sold as beef: is it rotten meat?

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