Ireland's Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney, said his department was investigating how traces of horse DNA made their way into beef burgers made at two processing plants in the country. He said Ireland has "probably" the best food safety system in the world:
"I have sent my vets in, they have been going through papers and interviewing management to establish the facts. [...] So we are establishing the facts, we probably have the best traceability and food safety system in the world"
The horsemeat scandal demonstrates how long and complicated the food chain we all depend on is. Regulating our food supply is expensive.
Some of the best, and worst, jokes and gags from Twitter users discussing the discovery of horse DNA in some supermarket beef burgers.
We've seen the jokes on Twitter but the discovery of horse and pig DNA in beefburgers poses a serious question; where did it come from?