Essay Horse Meat

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The main problem out of the horsemeat scandal around Europe, according to specialists, (SOURCE) is not the threat to human health but more an issue of business ‘insecurity, as even major brands such as Nestlé, Burger King and Findus fail to meet the high standards their consumers expect by selling different products than those specified in the labels and promotion of their brands (SOURCE). Other problem is the lack of efficient traceability along the complex supply chain for meat, where unscrupulous vendors substitute beef for horsemeat taking advantage of the lowest price and the fact that so many intermediates involved in the process does not make it easy to find a single responsible.
The fact of this horsemeat scandal bursting in more
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It shall include all the ingredients of the food, in descending order of weight, as recorded at the time of their use in the manufacture of the food.” (Official Journal of the EU, 2011, pg.30)

It is also stated, in accordance to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (Article 114) that the indication of origin is mandatory for beef and beef products in the Union´s effort to follow the bovine spongiform encephalopathy crisis, which has increased consumer´s expectations (Official Journal of the EU, 2011). The EU Parliament believes it is compulsory to impose this declaration also to other well-consumed types of meat such as swine, sheep, goat and poultry. Still, they are many gaps left open as for horsemeat matters and the efficient application of the laws mentioned above during the transitional period for the establishment of the new FIR.

When a food information law is introduced with new requirements, it is said that a transitional period should be granted for businesses and supplier to adapt to this new legislation. In the case of the new FIR, which was accepted in July 2011, the grace period will last until 2014. In the meanwhile, suppliers not complying with the new legislation are authorized to take out their products and labels to the market and stay there until they´re exhausted, even if the grace period is over before that occurs. (Official Journal of the EU, 2011)
Nevertheless, much of these requirements already existed and were
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