The recent controversy about horse meat in various products is nothing new apparently.
In his book, Southgate and Edmonton Past, Graham Dalling tells the story of the outcry in 1941 when it was discovered that meat roll served at local British Restaurants (run by the Council) had been adulterated with horse meat.
Investigations showed that the Council’s catering officer was also in possession of unfeasibly large supplies of custard powder, probably intended for the black market.
Police swarmed the Town Hall at Palmers Green and there were calls for the entire Council to resign. They didnt, but the catering officer was successfully prosecuted.