The horsemeat scandal has taken over the news for at least the past month. With the general public, politicians and authorities being outraged by the latest problem with food imported from other countries supermarkets could face a serious fall in customers. While this is tragic for supermarkets such as Tesco and ASDA, it is a great positive for the local butcher. With more people now demanding truthful and local meat they are opting to buy their products from their butcher rather than supermarkets where the meat is mass-produced. Many butchers across the country have reported a rise in sales of meat, especially burger meat and processed foods.
In 2008, many small butchers were forced to close due to a lack of demand from customers who were choosing to shop at the supermarkets, getting cheap meat that they believed was good quality. The butchers never really recovered with very few butchers opening in the last four years. The majority of the general public weren’t willing to pay extra when they believed they were getting the same product. Butchers are known for their local produce, with no imported meat. Giant supermarket chains couldn’t promise this but their reduced prices meant the value was worth it.
Some people aren’t fazed by the fact horsemeat was found in products labelled as beef, believing that horsemeat is the same as any other meat. As long as the price is right it doesn’t matter what type of meat they are eating. There has however been some evidence that consumers are looking elsewhere, with less sales of processed meat and more people buying locally sourced meat it could see the slight decline in supermarket sales.
The horsemeat scandal could have a good effect on the community and the economy. By buying from local butchers, you are sure you are getting the best quality meat possible for the price you are paying. As well as ensuring you are getting produce you can trust, you are also saving your local butcher from potential forced closure. If you want to find quality meat you can trust your butcher is probably your best option. Usually cheaper than quality supermarket meats there is also traceability available.
However, there is also a great chance it could be like other scandals that have been uncovered in a supermarket, with the issue being around for a few months and then rapidly disappearing and everyone forgetting what happened.