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Carol Hunt: Our appetite for cheap, fast food is making us sick

Apart from demonstrating our seemingly endless aptitude for equine puns, the discussion surrounding last week's revelations about what's in our beef products pointed up another traditional aspect of Irish culture: our innate homogeneity. Professor Alan Reilly, chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, noted last week that "for some religious groups or people who abstain from eating pig meat, the presence of traces of pig DNA is unacceptable".

Yet there must be few, if any, people with kosher or halal dietary restrictions working in either our national broadcaster or mainstream media. Because apart from a throwaway question last Wednesday on Morning Ireland – when Aidan Cotter, chief executive of Bord Bia, said that he wasn't sure that pork content was "a particular worry" – there has been little or no concern aired in the Irish media about people eating pork unbeknownst to themselves.


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