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Five years on from the horsemeat scandal, our flawed food system has still not been fixed

The problem comes from treating food more as a commodity than as a product

By Julian Baggini  

Photo: Daniel Naupold/DPA/PA Images

Five years ago, The Food Safety Authority of Ireland broke the news that numerous beefburgers sold by supermarkets such as Tesco, Asda, Lidl, Aldi and Iceland contained horse meat. A few weeks later, Findus beef lasagne was also found to be contaminated in an investigation that found equine ingredients in 11 out of 18 products tested.

“Horsegate” never posed a public health risk but it shook confidence in the security of the food supply chain. At least, temporarily it did. Red meat sales dropped in…

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