Britain has been having troubles with their processed-food supply like the one we had with our infamous "pink slime," but in their case it's worse because the offending ingredient is not even a bovine product (sorry, Cow!). Horse-meat has been found where people thought they were eating beef. My indignation doesn't have as much to do with the "ewwww factor" but with trust and disclosure.
There doesn't seem to be anything actually WRONG with eating horse or slime (nutritionally) if you compare it with eating sucrose and wheat flour. If those pairs of "foods" were my only choices, you can easily guess which i'd pick.
But i'm of the opinion that truth in labeling is important -- sometimes there are darned good reasons for eating a prepared meal, and people should have informed choice. A lot of people don't read labels, and ... frankly, if they don't care enough after they've been alerted (and i'm not shy about alerting people -- my FB posts are full of that), let the buyer beware. But when you DO read labels and you DON'T know that "spices" can mean "MSG" as an example ... to me that's wrong. Some people's health can be seriously undermined by the duplicity of BigFood.
The serious snobs will say, well just don't eat processed food! Eat what you've seen growing with your own eyes! Know your farmer! ... All well and good actually -- IF YOU CAN. Some people can't. Some people have so many other things in their lives requiring attention, they HAVE to get on as best they can. Even people like me who can take the time and spend the money to source healthy whole foods, SOMETIMES have to cut corners! It's called "LIFE."
So, all you libertarians -- we NEED central entities to make those "smart successful businesses" treat the consumer with a decent degree of fairness. We need those smart successful businessmen to add a little integrity to the mix. Zoe thinks we're fools to trust processed-food manufacturers, and she's got a point ... BUT if they're breaking laws to ensure their "success" we should be able to trust that the bastards WILL be nailed to the wall.
...Anecdotally, mule is supposed to be a better meal than horse. It's said that explorers, emigrants, hunters and trappers in the "old west" preferred using mules for several reasons, only one of which was that if things went bad ... mule tasted GOOD. ;-)