Going without food? The answer is in the dustbin

Karel Doubleday, who used her mum's blue badge so she could park close to her workplace

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Just when you thought it was safe to shop at the supermarket again, more horse meat has been found masquerading as something else.

This time it’s not a burger or anything like that, but in innocuous tins of sliced beef.

The tins were found in branches of Home Bargains and Quality Save up in Lincolnshire, so there’s really no need to panic that they might be in your kitchen cupboards in Hampshire.

A big part of me thinks worrying about such things is paranoia - that even if the batch of contaminated horse cow hadn’t been removed from sale no-one would have even noticed, never mind got sick.

Nor will horse meat do anyone any harm, as long as the horse in question wasn’t pumped full of medication while it was still alive.

But that’s the key thing, and the reason why we should be a little worried horse DNA was found – again – in a product that was supposed to be beef: what else could have got into that tin, and just how safe are we?

These days, when food costs are rising more than our incomes, it’s almost impossible to know what to do.

Sure, you can say you’ll go to one of the many brilliant butchers we have in this area, but when money is so tight that only a tin of sliced beef is an option, prime rump steak is obviously off the menu.

There can be no judgment here.

If you’ve got a hugely tight budget there can be no getting around it, regardless of what’s been found in which tin of what, where.

There are some fantastic people in the Portsmouth area.

Those like the community foodbank and the Salvation Army, for example.

They are struggling to give food to those who can’t afford any kind of food at all.

But just who is there to provide help to those who are just about managing?

Those for whom putting food on the table every day is a challenge they meet head on, but only just?

This is at the same time as Tesco revealed both it, and its customers, throw away 30,000 tonnes of fresh food each year.

Surely the answer is staring us right in the face... from the bottom of the dustbin.