WHILE horse meat may be a delicacy for some, eating our equine friends has never been part of Irish culture.
Although popular in parts of Asia and Europe, it's the last thing we expect to find in our burgers.
But there is a growing number of horses being slaughtered in Ireland for export, with €8.2m worth of meat exported last year.
The dark red meat, high in protein and iron and low in fat, is cheaper than beef and only very young animals should be eaten.
Members of the Islamic faith will also be highly offended that pork is found in beef products.
Muslims don't eat pork on religious grounds because they consider the pig to be a dirty animal.