The horsemeat scandal: One year on

About
this time last year, the UK was in uproar following the infamous
horsemeat scandal. The issue swathed our industry like the plague, with
the national media in a frenzy of finger pointing and exposing of those
found guilty. The question arises: do we learn anything from a scandal,
other than the fact that everybody loves a scandal?

Having been
asked to look back on how this has affected the industry, and
particularly the catering sector within meetings and events, I feel that
the real scandal actually is the fact that very little has changed. At
the time, today’s news very quickly became tomorrow’s fish and chip
paper with regards to the horsemeat uproar. Although we saw a huge
reaction in terms of the media and perhaps some alterations to the
supermarkets’ behaviour, the reaction in the meetings and events
industry has been minimal if anything at all.

Never have I or any
of my staff at Fare of London been asked by event organisers to verify
the quality and sourcing of our meat, perhaps, and hopefully, because we
are well trusted by our clients as they know of our rigorous focus on
understanding food provenance. Perhaps the meetings and events industry
in general is better trusted to put fresh, locally sourced meat on our
delegates’ plates.

On the other hand, there could be a
possibility that event buyers have simply ignored the issue. I hope that
this is not the case and that the apparent complacency is based on a
general assumption that all has been resolved.

I think as an
industry, one year on from the scandal, we need to remind ourselves and
recognise that the issue has been somewhat brushed under the carpet. The
true scandal of the horsemeat scandal is that it is by no means
resolved.

Perhaps I am viewing the events from a distanced
position up on my high horse. But atleast I won’t be shutting the stable
door after the horse has been minced.

Any comments? Email jdavis@mashmedia.net

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