The UK Food Standards Agency today called an urgent meeting of the food industry to examine what has gone wrong.
The burgers containing horse were on sale in Tesco, Dunnes Stores, Lidl, Aldi, and Iceland.
Tesco has today made two startling admissions that will alarm many.
- Firstly " fundamentally we rely on trust between the supplier and Tesco to ensure they meet our straightforward specifications".
- Secondly, they " Do not know how long the supply chain will turn out to be".
They have removed their Value Burgers from the shelves and their website reads: "Sorry, this product is currently unavailable." There are two market defining factors at work in the UK.
Supermarkets are slugging it out in a massive price war. And customers are more cash-strapped than at almost any other period of recent history.
It means the gravitational forces on food retailing in Britain are pushing prices as low as possible, in an era when you can buy a pack of eight "value" burgers for just £1.
One expert we have spoken to , Prof Tim Lang, sees this as being about money.
It appears to be adulteration, a cheaper meat being substituted for a more expensive one.