Watford restaurant served horse to diners who ordered zebra
If you ordered zebra and received horse, would you notice? Is the marbling different – the zebra being the more stripy meat? Watford’s Steakhouse eatery has been fined £4,000 after steaks it served as “zebra” and “wildebeest” turned out to be horse and venison.
The Standard says food inspectors “noticed a ticket in relation to their order which read; ‘1 venison, chips and salad; 1 horse, chips and salad” with no reference to either zebra or wildebeest, St Albans Magistrates’ Court heard.”
No horse meat featured on the menu. But 22kg of horse meat was in the restaurant’s freezer.
Richard Thake, the council’s cabinet member for community protection, goes on the record:
“The public must have confidence in the food that is put in front of them when eating out. There can be implications regarding traceability of the food, allergens and religious concerns in some cases. Passing off food as something that it is not puts other competing businesses at a disadvantage and undermines trust in the market.”
The rest of us might wonder if anyone who orders zebra got just what they deserved.