Horse Meat Scandal

The story of the horse meat scandal broke out from supermarkets taking the stock from their shelves, not addressing the issue and making a public apology. How can people trust the supermarkets when they can’t tell the people who have been buying their meat whats wrong with it. 

‘My daughter has always wanted a pony, so I’m buying her a Tesco quarter-pounder for her birthday.’

After the horse meat scandal, many assumed that supermarkets would be punished and have to change their production methods considerably. ‘When David Cameron told the Commons that the horsemeat scandal was ‘appalling’ and ‘completely unacceptable’ and promised ‘the full intervention of the law’’, something seemed like it was going to be done, and local retailers and farmers might be able to profit from the scandal. Instead, the supermarkets got away without much real punishment (other than bad PR), should that be acceptable.

Even after a year or so, they are still finding issues with how supermarkets source their meat. There was some rotting meat found by Polish investigators, and it was to end up on our shelves if the problem hadn’t be found. The meat wasn’t fit for human consumption, but if the investigators would have found it, we would be buying that meat and eating it because it was on a supermarket shelf. Why should supermarkets get away with this and make the localities suffer.

‘The most important ingredient in food is trust, and once consumers lose that, it takes a long time to get it back.’.

Regardless of this, supermarkets still get consumers buying their food due to convenience instead of going to the local butchers or sourcing from farm shops. The public have had a warning from this news out break but they still return to the same supermarkets. Surely supermarkets need to be punished from this breach of trust, because they don’t seem to be effected.

‘The most important ethical factors that I believe Tesco fell short on was deontological (having a sense of duty to the public) and being virtuous (being god for the sake of doing good).’

But my opinion is that large supermarkets are a fugazi , they try to come across ethical, and quality, but at the end of the day they are in for the money. If they were really ethical they would help out the farms by raising the prices of the milk and meat. Or they would establish partnerships with local retailers, and do a lot more community work. Instead, they have a section of their budget for PR, or helping people, and then they feel the box is ticked and they are an ethical company. However, they are in it for the money. We already had local butchers and farm shop where people could buy good quality meat. If supermarkets don’t care about their quality and don’t care about the people they are effecting, they are in it for the money. I do agree that the main problem is the suppliers, but at the same time, butchers and local farms could be the suppliers, so why don’t supermarkets source from them? Money, and money is everything to them

The horse meat scandal has had some effect on consumers, because ‘sales of frozen beef burgers are down 46 percent and ready meals sales are down by 13 percent.’, so people will surely go to other places for their meat instead. But still, a large proportion of people do still purchase those goods, because the supermarkets are convenient.



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