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Horsemeat: Millions of Ready Meals Thrown Away

Post  Panda on Mon 13 May - 6:13

Horsemeat: Millions Of Ready Meals Thrown Away

A survey by ICM found the horsemeat scandal has had a huge
impact on people's attitude to processed food.

2:55am UK,
Monday 13 May 2013

The survey was carried out on behalf of kitchenware
manufacturer Tefal

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    Nearly 18 million packets of processed food were thrown away by
    families in Britain after the horsemeat scandal, according to a survey.

    Research to kick off Tefal's Fresh Week found more than 13.5 thousand tonnes
    of items like sausages, burgers and meat pies were chucked in the

    The kitchenware manufacturer said it shows the recent scandals have
    had a positive effect on the nation's eating habits, with Britons becoming more
    aware of the health risks of processed ready-meals.

    Almost a quarter
    (24%) of the 2007 UK adults questioned by ICM said said they had cut down on the
    amount of processed food they eat.

    Nearly a third (30%) of respondents
    said they were put off processed meals as a result of the horsemeat

    The number who said they had thrown out processed ready meals -
    like lasagnes and curries - was just under 2.8 million.

    The survey also
    found people are eating around 20% more British apples, garden peas, cauliflower
    and cabbage.

    Fresh Week is an initiative to encourage the UK to exchange
    convenience and ready-made meals for fresh unprocessed food.

    Fay Ripley,
    actress and Fresh Week supporter, said: "With stories in the news about hidden
    ingredients and high salt or sugar content in processed foods, it's no wonder as
    parents we worry about what our families are eating."

    The ICM research
    interviews took place between April 5 and 7.
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