Icelandic beef pies contains no meat at all
WHAT is that substance inside your Icelandic beef pie? The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST) is uncertain, although it has narrowed things down. It can state that the meaty substance is not meat, rather a kind of “vegetable matter”. The label says 30 percent beef. It may care to be augmented with a “maybe”.
Magnús Nielsson, co-owner of Gæðakokkar in Borgarnes, the company which produces the pies, says the testing must have been inaccurate as his company buys prime beef and use beef stock to make them.
Anorak suspects that given the nature of the meat business, moving as it does though many nations, the mix up is matter of language. Someone in Iceland says “beef”, the agent in Holland hears “queef”, a man in Spain writes down “teeth” and someone in Albania mushes up a leaf.