Anyone besides Gut Check been keeping a finger on the pulse of the European horsemeat scandal? Here's a pop quiz so you can prove it:
Which of the following companies doesn't belong with the others?
B. Burger King
F. Taco Bell
G. Birds Eye
(Answer at end of this post. Oh, OK, here, lazybones.)
We consider ourself moderately well informed about the deal, but our curiosity was piqued, all the same, by a press release that landed in our inbox from a company called Neogen, headlined simply, "Neogen responding to horse meat in beef concerns."
|Gut Check has never eaten horsemeat -- that we're aware of. You?|
Neogen, it turns out, is a publicly held company based in Lansing, Michigan, that manufactures the F.A.S.T., or Food Analyte Screening Test, which can detect the presence of a different species in the flesh of uncooked meats or meat products.
According to the press release, F.A.S.T.s "are immunostick assays that can provide clear visual results in about 30 minutes" and are available in versions that can detect cow, horse, sheep, pig and poultry.
With U.S.D.A. approval of equine abattoirs on the horizon and visions of unmasking stateside impostors dishing out horsemeat bolognese dancing in our head, Gut Check had our secretary get Lansing on the horn. We were quickly passed along to Neogen's vice president of food safety, Ed Bradley, who took the time to respond to a list of e-mailed questions -- and instantly lay waste to our food-vigilante-superhero dreams.More »