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Horse-And-Pork Kebab - Hoofing It, And Not Very Halal

LE MONDE ( France), MILLIYET (Turkey)


After frozen Findus lasagne, Nestle ravioli, IKEA Swedish meatballs, now its the popular “döner kebabs” -- the (supposedly) lamb sandwich -- that has turned up signs of horsemeat across Europe, reports Le Monde.

But the twist in this case is that traces of pork were found as well, in a product that is popular among Muslims and often advertised as being in compliance with Islamic dietary laws (halal).

In Switzerland, 20 different meats were analysed around the country, with several turning up horsemeat, and seven containing a small quantity of pork. The Swiss Central Islamic Council (CCIS) declared that it was shocked by the results of the analysis.

Tests in Germany, showed that 7% of the döner samples tested contains pork.

Turning around a vertical spindle, Döner Kebab is a takeaway food invented in Germany in 1971. According to the Turkish newspaper Milliyet, Germany produces 400 tons of döner per day. Most of it is exported to Italy, Spain, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the Baltic countries.

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They Migrated From Chiapas When Opportunities Dried Up, Orchids Brought Them Home

An orchid rehabilitation project is turning a small Mexican community into a tourist magnet — and attracting far-flung locals back to their hometown.

They Migrated From Chiapas When Opportunities Dried Up, Orchids Brought Them Home

Marcos Aguilar Pérez takes care of orchids rescued from the rainforest in his backyard in Santa Rita Las Flores, Mapastepec, Chiapas, Mexico.

Adriana Alcázar González/GPJ Mexico
Adriana Alcázar González

MAPASTEPEC — Sweat cascades down Candelaria Salas Gómez’s forehead as she separates the bulbs of one of the orchids she and the other members of the Santa Rita Las Flores Community Ecotourism group have rescued from the rainforest. The group houses and protects over 1,000 orchids recovered from El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, in the southeastern Mexican state of Chiapas, after powerful storms.

“When the storms and heavy rains end, we climb to the vicinity of the mountains and collect the orchids that have fallen from the trees. We bring them to Santa Rita, care for them, and build their strength to reintegrate them into the reserve later,” says Salas Gómez, 32, as she attaches an orchid to a clay base to help it recover.

Like magnets, the orchids of Santa Rita have exerted a pull on those who have migrated from the area due to lack of opportunity. After years away from home, Salas Gómez was one of those who returned, attracted by the community venture to rescue these flowers and exhibit them as a tourist attraction, which provides residents with an adequate income.

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