As predicted, pub grub supplier Brake Bros is amongst those duped by the horsemeat scandal. Pub daily the Morning Advertiser has printed advice from m'learned friends about responsibility for the scam, and made clear that under EU law it is always the final seller in the chain, the one who sells to the consumer, who is responsible for ensuring that the product is exactly what it says on the tin. Pub landlords are therefore responsible for keeping records of the sources of the ingredients in everything it sells - from a packet of Pork scratchings to a Brake Bros lasagne. Good news perhaps for the growing numbers of gastro pubs using locally sourced raw ingredients who will find the process far simpler than those trying to secure the required paperwork for a box of frozen meat pies from the cash and carry.
At least the predicted tsunami of Romanian workers won't be short of good home cooking