Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Reviews


Fed up with celebrity chefs drizzling sauces over undercooked pieces of meat? I am!

I regularly dine out and am happy to share my restaurant experiences, and views on food, with you.

Monday, February 25, 2013

IKEA Meatballs Contaminated With Horsemeat

Reuters report that Czech inspectors have found horsemeat in meatballs made in Sweden for the IKEA Group. The inspectors took samples for DNA tests in IKEA's unit in the city of Brno from a product labelled as "beef and pork meatballs".

Ironically, as per the IKEA website
What we are proud of
We want to offer quality food products at low prices. At the same time we want you to know that we source food products in a responsible manner. We are working in all parts of the food chain, from the farm to the IKEA store, to be able to offer food you can trust...
Food safety 

We want our customers to feel confident that the food served and sold at IKEA is safe and of good quality. That is why we require our suppliers to have special quality programs in place.

Also, all our stores in the UK & IE are subjected to independent, unannounced food safety management audits to ensure the highest level of food safety training and food safety standards.
760kg (1,672lb) of the meatballs were stopped from going on sale after the contamination was discovered.

As I have noted before, take a leaf out of IKEA's book, don't buy ready made meals but "self assemble" your food (ie make it and cook it yourself) by buying the ingredients from trusted local butchers.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Tesco Responds To Horsegate

Tesco have sent out the following message to its customers from its CEO Philip Clarke:

"Dear Mr Frost,

Nothing is more important to Tesco than the trust our customers place in us. And that trust depends on the quality of the products we sell.

Since we became aware that a small number of Tesco processed meat products have been contaminated with horsemeat, we have been working flat out to get to the bottom of the issue.

While tests continue, today I want to make a clear promise to customers and to tell you about the rigorous processes we have put in place to prevent this situation happening again.

Here's my promise: we will set a new benchmark for the testing of products, to give you confidence that if it isn't on the label, it isn't in the product. And that will be backed up by an industry-leading commitment to enable you to find out much more about what's in the food we sell and how it's produced.

Let me tell you some of the things we are doing immediately:

I have asked my team to review our approach to the supply chain, to ensure we have visibility and transparency, and to come back with a plan to build a world class traceability and DNA testing system

We are building a new website, which will enable our customers to see the progress we are making with our testing programme, and which products have been tested so you can be sure of where we are in the process

We pledge that over the weeks and months ahead, we will open up our supply chain, and give you more information than any retailer has before to enable you to make informed choices about the food you buy for your family.

And I am determined that no customer will lose out as a result of the testing process we are going through, so from Saturday 16 February if a product is tested and then withdrawn from sale, we will provide you with a better alternative for the same cost. You can find more details at your local store.

This is just the beginning: I am clear that, as the UK's leading food retailer, it is Tesco's responsibility to lead on this issue. Our priority right now is to complete our testing programme as quickly and thoroughly as possible, because people need to have confidence in all Tesco products. In addition, we are looking in great detail at every aspect of how products are sold in Tesco and at how our relationships with our suppliers become more transparent and collaborative.

Where changes are needed, we'll make sure they are made. And let me be clear that this doesn't mean more expensive food - it just means doing things the right way, and accepting nothing less than the highest possible standards in the supply chain.

My absolute focus is on giving our customers complete confidence that every single product on sale in Tesco is of the highest quality and contains exactly what it says on the pack. It's what you expect of us, and it's what we demand of ourselves.

Yours sincerely,

Philip Clarke

Chief Executive

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Horsemeat Scandal of 1948

As the old saying goes, there is nothing new under the sun. The current horsemeat scandal is nothing new, in 1948 the very same scandal had hit the headlines.

Friday, February 08, 2013

Shergar Lasagne

The horse meat scandal refuses to go away, Findus have now been caught up in it with the revelation that their "beef" lasagne contains up to 100% horse meat!

Unsurprisingly they have withdrawn the product from sale, and have issued an apology.

The offending product was made by French food supplier Comigel.

Criminal activity is suspected, and whilst saying that there was no evidence the horsemeat was unsafe, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has ordered it be tested for traces of an equine drug which is harmful to humans (phenylbutazone).

All food companies have now been ordered to test their beef products.

Let's see what comes out of the woodwork!

The solution is simple, stop buying ready made meals produced in factories and use only fresh ingredients from trusted local butchers.

Thursday, February 07, 2013