British and Irish shoppers were recently disgusted to find that their Lidl and Tesco Value burgers potentially contained up to 29% HORSE MEAT. Worried students hoof recently shopped there are checking packaging in case they have the night mare situation of the trots during exams.
It was previously assumed the closest you’d get to finding a horse in Tesco was the Zebra on the barcode, but it was revealed by the Irish Food Board yesterday that furlong time manufacturers have been reining in their costs by topping up beefburgers with the cheaper meat.
A Gallup poll conducted last night found that nearly 30% of students had bought one or more packets of the frozen burgers in the last month. One long-faced student, who recently filled his freezer with them, criticised a recent buy-one-get-one-free promotion, saying:
The mane attraction was the price, but looking back it was just a waste. I’ve got no idea what I’m going to do with all this horsemeat I’ve been saddled with – to eat them or not to eat them is the equestrian.
Despite the scares about the value range, sales of the satin range “Finest” burgers continued, although, since they must have been costing hard-pressed students a pony, they’d better eat them before they go off!
We should at this point remind you that horse meat isn’t actually dangerous, although most of us know it isn’t really appealing either. However Gordon Ramsay took to the Telegraph to rubbish the neigh-sayers, suggesting that horse meat was actually TASTY and rich in protein.
Perhaps if you can eat them and remain in a stable condition, this could be a Newmarket for Tesco, as it seems nobody could actually tell the difference until the routine DNA tests revealed some hairy results. Until then though, watch out – the unexpected item in the bagging area may actually need to go back to the cart, unless your daughter is happy to take My Lidl Pony a bit more literally than intended.
Are you, in true student style, going to keep eating Tesco Value ‘beef’ burgers, or will you be switching to uniQuorn? Let us know in the comments below.