Friday 28 November 2014

How global media sunk its teeth into meaty story

Published 17/01/2013 | 05:00

NEWS of the horsemeat scandal has circled the globe as Ireland's reputation as a top-quality food producer comes under the spotlight.

Melbourne's 'Herald Sun' newspaper in Australia had fun with their "Horses in courses" headline while news wires such as CNN, Agence France Presse (AFP) and even the Indo-Asian News Service all carried the shocking findings.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney was doing the rounds in the national and international media and appeared on the BBC to reassure British consumers "there is no food safety risk".

British politicians were also hitting the airwaves to discuss the controversey with British Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, telling ITV's 'Daybreak': "We are right to be very concerned."

CNN reported that the discovery of horse DNA "is testing the appetite of meat lovers there".

And AFP said: "While horse meat is a common sight in central Asia, China, Latin America and parts of Europe, it is considered taboo by British and Irish consumers."

The 'Financial Times' ran with the headline: "Supermarkets withdraw contaminated burgers" and reported Mr Coveney saying it was "totally unacceptable".

Irish Independent

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