Your Pub Steak May Not Be As Beefy As You Think

UK - Steaks served by some big restaurant chains have been found to come from beef cattle interbred with the zebu.
calendar icon 21 August 2007
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A zebu: Questions have been raised over the eating quality of the humped cattle's meat

One steak bought at a JD Wetherspoon pub was 67 per cent zebu - from the hardy, humped cattle which originated in India and whose meat tends to be tougher than British beef.

Four out of six steaks sampled at Wetherspoon's contained DNA from the animal, analysis showed.

Three out of nine steaks sold by Greene King's Hungry Horse pub chain also tested positive for zebu, yet neither company identified the meat's origin on its menus.

This same pattern is likely to be repeated at virtually all other major restaurant chains, which suggests millions are not being told what they are being served.

In a survey, however, diners shown a picture of a zebu said they would not be happy eating a steak from the animal or would like the information made clear so they could make an informed choice.

Source: Daily Mail

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