The meat posed a health risk because it had not come from identified sources, they warned. “There is no information on how the horse meat came to be in the burgers and so there is no way of telling whether the meat is safe to eat. It could be from diseased or injured animals, for example,” said John Sleith, the head of the Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health in Scotland.
“If it hasn’t come through the official inspection system, there is no confidence that it is completely harmless.”
As with any other piece of meat actually. For it’s simply not true that each and every animal, each and every piece of meat, is inspected. Nor should it be, for the obvious economic cost reasons.
And even if every animal entering the food chain were inspected, that still doesn’t preclude someone mixing the actual meat together at a later stage.