According to a recent survey by Retail Week magazine half of
the consumers questioned said they will not buy meat in shops
affected by the horse meat scandal.
Three-quarters of customers blame the suppliers and
manufacturers of the meat products rather than retailers such as
Stores affected by the boycott include Aldi, Iceland, Lidl,
Tesco and The Co-operative.
However, 50% of those who took part in the survey remain
that meat sold in UK supermarkets is of good quality.
11% of consumers felt the ultimate responsibility for allowing
horse meat to be sold instead of of beef lay with regulatory
bodies such as the Food Standards Agency.
Members of Parliament have warned that the scale of the horse
meat scandal was "breathtaking" and may even pose a danger to
Owen Paterson, Environment Secretary, said: "consumers had
fallen victim to an international criminal conspiracy".
The scandal emerged in the UK after horse meat was discovered in
meat products that were labelled beef, such as burgers, lasagne
and other "ready-made" meals.