Thesis Statement: The horsemeat scandal that struck the citizens of Europe will cause various issues that the government should be obliged to amend.
I. Context of the Debate
A. First recorded case of food tampering
1. The First incident was discovered in1858 in Bradford, United Kingdom B. Current horsemeat scandal
1. Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), and Food Standards Agency (FSA) discovered 60% – 100% horsemeat and porcine DNA in beef burgers that were being sold in the market to consumers C. Causes and the sources of were the scam started
1. The British Environment Secretary Owen Paterson related this issue to criminal activity that pointed fingers towards Romania and Poland as they were the countries that supplied all the meat to the supermarkets around Europe.
II. Counter Argument
A. In many European countries consumption of horse meat is accepted as normal 1. There isn’t a health risk to the public consumption of horse meat B. Goodman: My firm not to blame for horse meat scandal
1. "I would not be surprised if there was contamination of various species if one were to do DNA testing." 2. Stressed there were no health problems associated with eating horse meat C. Retailers to blame as they allowed scandal to happen for economic reasons
A. Meat suppliers were trying to use cheaper ingredients for maximum profits
1. Scandal affects market, bad for economy due to meat producer’s irresponsible actions
2. Government accountable for this, under media and public scrutiny
3. Well known supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, Lidli and Aldi were selling products and now caught in scandal B. Meat suppliers believed the scam was indefectible
1. Burger King has stopped using beef products from Silvercrest Foods 2. Retailers Tesco will no longer take products from Silvercrest, the firm at the centre of the recent horse DNA scandal
3. Silvercrest beef products were found to contain equine DNA could face charges C. Scandals surrounding horsemeat in processed foods could be "disastrous" for the meat processing industry
1. The Food Standards Agency now wants the industry to test all its processed beef products
2. Tesco's sales loss would be "a lot bigger than a million pounds" as a result of the scandal - Tim Smith, Tesco's group technical director D. Contaminated horsemeat could harm health, warns environment secretary
1. Owen Paterson says tests may reveal presence of horse drug phenylbutazone, which could be 'injurious' to human health 2. "We do not know how far this incompetence or worse, criminal conspiracy extends," he said. If a health threat is detected, he may ban the import of processed meat.
Governments of individual countries should start doing the same as British Prime Minister David Cameron, having Government authorised checks to ensure safety and to cut down on such outrageous scandals. Therefore, the horsemeat scandal will cause various issues that the government should be obliged to amend.
The issue of food tampering has been a serious case since 1858 when the first incident was discovered in Bradford, United Kingdom. It involved an accidental arsenic poison that was imbedded into sweets and was later shown that a total of twenty people passed away due to this (Otter, 2006). Issues started arising throughout 1971 until recently where the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), and Food Standards Agency (FSA) discovered 60% – 100% horsemeat and porcine DNA in beef burgers that were being sold in the market to consumers (Meikle & McDonald, 2013). This scandal made huge headlines on the 15th of January 2013 where horse DNA was discovered in beef burgers that were being sold in well known supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, Lidli and Aldi (Meikle & McDonald, 2013). The British Environment Secretary Owen Paterson related this issue to criminal activity that pointed fingers towards Romania and...
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