Saturday, October 10, 2015

Smell A Rat On Your Fork?

In early 2013 the Brits and Irish received a great culinary shock
Ingredients set forth on food labels the actual content mocked
All-beef products adulterated with horsemeat and pork to share
Now from China in May of 2013 comes another case of eater beware
The Chinese calendar consists of 12 animals and 2013 is the year of the snake
But there is no tradition of featuring that reptile that year as the meat to take
The Chinese calendar includes the rat as one of its years
But most likely a meat that a Chinese would hold dear
20,000 tons of rat meat products claiming to be mutton or lamb
Is just the latest profit seeking Chinese scam
Gives new meaning to the “I smell a rat phrase”
New impetus to join the Vegan craze
Pursuit of the quick or dishonest buck is not just confined to our shores
Cutting corners, especially in China, seems a universal trait, greed wanting always more
Fortunately with Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, accountability cannot hide
The world for consumers becomes a small village and quickly all know what sellers have lied
A business reputation takes a lifetime to create and mold
Only to be lost in a instant when rat meat instead of lamb is sold
A lesson Das Auto chose to forget when it rigged its diesel emission checks
A new car buyer would have to be an idiot to a VW made car now select
© October 10, 2015, Michael P. Ridley aka the Alaskanpoet
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