Feature: They eat horses, don't they? horsemeat history for the Telegraph / by Susanna Forrest

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Our industrialised food chain throws up the occasional surprise: mad cows, deadly eggs, cornflakes that look like Jesus. A few scraps of stray DNA from a meat-producing animal should be the least worrying component of budget processed nuggets, but when news broke that “beef” burgers sold in Tesco, Lidl, Iceland, Dunnes Stores and Aldi had been found to contain horse DNA, Britain and Ireland got up on their hind legs, the Today programme demanded answers and Twitter was alive with “no-added Shergar” jokes.

For the Telegraph. (16th January 2013).