EBLEX saya that we can rely on the Red Tractor label and the Quality Standard Mark. Here’s what some of the labels mean. You might choose to follow my ‘food quality’ and ‘meat’ tags for more about this.
I think there’s an elephant in the room here. (Pun intended.) It seems that if you want to buy red meat in Britain and you want to avoid horsemeat, you have to choose the more expensive meats. Not necessarily the best cuts from the carcase, but not the budget products either.
These are harder economic times than we’ve become used to. We British have become cautious about spending money on food, as Amelia Hill in the Guardian explains. Perhaps we’ve become too cautious about our grocery spending. Perhaps that’s part of why Horsegate has happened.
I might get accused of snobbery for mentioning this. But it’s true: if you buy cheap meat, you’re taking a risk as to what’s in the packet.