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The Huffington Post and BBC News UK report on the findings of a painkiller in beef in the horsemeat scandal across Europe.


“Horsemeat Scandal Raise Concerns Over Europe's Food Quality Control,” published in the Huffington Post, and “Three held in Horsemeat Mislabeling Investigation,” published in BBC News UK, report on the horsemeat scandal that spread across Europe early this year. The English version of the story, published in the Huffington Post gives a clear description of what went on Europe during the meat scandal. Focusing strongly on Britons, the Huffington Post article explains how a large batch of beef that was imported across Europe was actually horsemeat. The English coverage of the story casts Britain as a nation of horse lovers, so having beaten wild horses in their beef ran headlines all over Europe. “Horsemeat Scandal Raise Concerns Over Europe's Food Quality Control” states the fact that a drug known as bute, an anti-inflammatory painkiller for sporting horses was found in the meat. The European version, “Three held in Horsemeat Mislabeling Investigation,” focuses more on the investigation allegations of the scandal under the Fraud Act. Different slaughterhouses and the consequences these slaughterhouses faced are featured in this article. The BBC News UK article also states that eight horses that were killed tested positive for the painkiller bute and that six of these horses may have entered the food chain in France. This article focuses more on all the countries affected by this in Europe, whereas the English version emphasizes the reaction in Britain.

Both stories blamed Romania for the cruelty to horses and slaughtering taking place there. Fairness and balance is evident in both of these articles because the issue was presented from all sides. Two Romanian abattoirs suspected to have provided horsemeat were interviewed and cleared of suspicion. While, Romania might not have gotten an equal space for their views, their views were still in the stories. The English version of the story takes the frame of supporting the myth that good reaches Europe’s dinner tables in hazy ways, while the European version uses the frame of finding out where the problem originated and who was to blame. I trust the American version of the story more because after reading the two articles and comparing them, the Huffington Post article is more precise and easier to comprehend than the European version.


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