Up to 50,000 missing horses may have ended up as food sold in Britain
Telegraph, Saturday 17th October 2015
As many as 50,000 horses “disappeared” across Europe during the financial crisis and may have ended up in food sold in Britain, the country’s leading food security expert has claimed. Professor Chris Elliot, who led the Government inquiry into the horse meat scandal, said the animals began to disappear as people’s budgets became tight after the banking meltdown in 2008. He indicated that families on the Continent who owned horses might have given in to criminal gangs, deciding the animal was too expensive to keep. With no trace of the horses on record, it was “possible” that they had been killed and the meat used in cheap burgers and ready meals such as lasagne.