It looks like Canadian sausage makers have been pulling the casings over our eyes.
In news that will turn your hunger into anger, a government-funded study that was recently published in the journal Food Control has revealed that 20 per cent of sausages tested from grocery stores across Canada contain meat that isn’t on the label.
The study was commissioned by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), and was carried out by researchers at the University of Guelph. In it, they looked at 100 sausages claiming to be either 100 per cent beef, pork, chicken or turkey. And to the public’s disgust, many sausages were completely mislabelled.
“About one in five of the sausages we tested had some off-label ingredients in them, which is alarming,” said Robert Hanner, an associate professor at the University of Guelph and the study’s lead author.
Alarming?! Uh, yeah! Because apparently, we’ve been eating horse… and that’s not all. Of the 20 chicken sausages tested, four were found to to contain turkey and one beef, while five of the 15 ‘pure’ turkey sausages were actually made up of chicken, not turkey. Pork, meanwhile, was mostly made up of pork, though one of the 38 samples tested did contain horse meat. And the beef sausages? Well, seven of the 27 beef samples tested contained pork.
“The good news is that typically beef sausages predominantly contain beef, but some of them also contain pork, so for our kosher and halal consumers, that is a bit disconcerting,” Hanner said.
It’s more than a bit concerning — corporations putting surprise ingredients in any of our food is not ever okay. Maybe it’s time to switch over to veggie dogs for good. There shouldn’t be horse in those… right?