Iceland boss says 'why would we check for horsemeat?'

The chief executive of frozen food chain, Iceland, has defended British supermarkets over the horsemeat scandal, saying that they should not be held responsible.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 19 Aug 2013

Malcolm Walker said that schools, hospitals and prisons are more to blame for the horsemeat scandal because of ‘driving down’ the quality of food to keep costs low. 

He reckons that ‘one or two rogue backstreet abattoirs’ have illegally sold horsemeat to the ‘lower end of the catering industry.’

He said that supermarkets are being blamed because they are ‘visible’ and therefore an ‘easier target’. He said: ‘But that blame is wrongly placed. British supermarkets are the best in the world in terms of quality control. 

‘You wouldn’t believe the army of technologists that visit suppliers checking for everything: production runs, hygiene, taking samples for bacteria. And of course, nobody’s been testing for horsemeat. Well, why would they? There’s lot’s of other things that we haven’t been testing for.’

Walker also reckoned that supermarkets should not have been expected to be testing for horsemeat any more than they are expected to test for ‘hedgehog’ meat. 

Walker also reckoned that supermarkets should not have been expected to be testing for horsemeat any more than they are expected to test for ‘hedgehog’ meat. Perhaps he is feeling a bit spiky?



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