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Brits react to horsemeat fiasco with humour

16 January 2013

As investigations are under way to try to find out how beef burgers on sale in UK and Irish Republic supermarkets became contaminated with horsemeat, John Prescott, among others, comments on the 'British condition' for jokes first

The Daily Manning on Twitter was one of the first to look at the situation with a humorous eye: ''Man faints after finding out he's eaten horsemeat - presumably he's now in a stable condition.'' 

To which John Prescott responded on Twitter: ''It's indicative of the British condition that we react to horsemeat entering our supermarkets by making puns.''

Baked Bakery & Cafe said ''I hope the Tesco horsemeat scandal doesn't drag on furlong.''

Nicky Byrne said: ''Hearing all this horsemeat news is very distressing. Supermarkets are having a mare!''

Michael Wall said: ''Are you in favour of horsemeat in your burgers? Yay or neigh?''

Chris Mayhew said: ''I need a judgment call here. How soon is too soon to be making horse meat jokes about Belgians?''

Jason Donohoe said: ''Horse meat in burgers? It's all part of a stable diet.''

Bruce Lawson said: ''The horse-meat contamination of burgers is very serious. I ate one and it gave me the trots!'

Irish food safety officials, who carried out tests two months ago, said the products had been stocked by a number of chains, including Tesco and Iceland stores in the UK. They said there was no human health risk and the burgers had been removed.

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