The subject I least like to write about is horsemeat scams. Greed, expediency and disregard for the terrible damage this nefarious activity causes to both our horse and meat industries are all a part of the problem. And it is ugly.

The Gardaí, Department of Agriculture and the Food Safety Authority are all doing their best to cope, but they must do so with one major handicap – the lack of universal DNA testing for all registered equines.