Do We Ever Know What We Are Eating If We Buy Takeaway Meals? Asks Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.
An Indian lamb takeaway curry tested during an investigation was contained a “mystery meat” amid fears it could have been from a dog.
Food experts who analysed the random dish bought in London ruled out a series of meats including lamb, beef, chicken, pork, goat, horse and even human flesh.
The alarming DNA findings, uncovered during a BBC Three programme, prompted fears that it could in fact contain dog or even cat meat.
Speaking about the unidentified lamb, the show's nutritionist Surinder Phull said: “It’s absolutely terrifying because if it isn’t any of the meats we know, well what is it?
“Where’s it come from? Where was it slaughtered? Was it hygienic? Are there any bacteria it was covered with?”
Last night night’s programme, entitled The Horsemeat Banquet, comes as the food industry is battling to repair its reputation from the horse meat scandal.
The filmmakers brought together a group of young diners disgusted at the thought of eating horse, in an attempt to “confront their taboos as well as get a taste of what they’ll be eating in the future”.
It engaged food experts to test a range of products from a Lamb curry bought at an unidentified shop in the capital, to Chinese takeaways to fast-food burgers.
It found a Chinese beef in black bean sauce meal contained mostly chicken blood and other material from the animal and only a tiny proportion of beef.
A burger was found to contain no beef meat, instead just bovine blood and high levels of chicken blood.
The only high street fast food to test positively was a donor kebab, which was found to be made entirely from lamb, the Independent reported.
A show spokesman said “Just when we thought things couldn’t get any worse, the results came in for an Indian lamb curry”.
“It did contain meat – but it was not lamb, not pork, nor was it chicken or beef. Not horse, and not goat either”.
“At this moment, the lab is unable to identify exactly which animal this meat came from."
Since the scandal erupted earlier this year, the Food Standards Agency has conducted more than 5000 tests on meat products. Dozens have tested positive for horse meat including meals from schools, care homes and day centres. Rogue meat being placed undetected on British shelves has been linked to abattoirs in Eastern Europe, Ireland and even in this country.
“Something to think about before you purchase your next takeaway meal” says Greengates Builders Merchants Accrington, Lancashire.