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I WRITE in support of the fishing industry leaders (your report, 23 February) demanding better food labelling – especially in the light of the horsemeat scandal.

David Milne, skipper of the Adorne II, is correct regarding pangasius – a farmed cheap fish. My wife and I recently ordered fish and chips at a restaurant, expecting to be served haddock or cod. My wife found the fish to be tasteless and we were informed that it was pangasius. I was later contacted by the restaurant in connection to comments I made on a customer service questionnaire. My principle complaint was that the menu did not point out that the fish was pangasius.

I was told that the company import this fish in quantity from Vietnam due to large-scale economies of sourcing cheap fish. But these fish are farmed in disgusting conditions, which can be 
verified via a quick search on the internet. I would not for a moment stop anyone ordering pangasius, but I want to be informed that that is what is on the menu.

Angus S Mathie

John Muir Way

Motherwell, Lanarkshire

Now The Scotsman is joining in the chorus in saying “horsemeat is not dangerous”, (Comment, 25 February) – neither is Scotch lamb, yet our farmers have to jump through hoops to prove that their meat is fit for human consumption. The latest hoop being the proposal for electronic tags on our hill sheep to prove which hill they came from.

In 2006, I was in Romania 
and was impressed by the number of horse-drawn wagons on the roads, very picturesque, though the horses were thin, browsing for food by the side of the road, not caring if it was polluted by exhaust residues and heavy metals. I was back there in 2012 and they were all gone. The Romanian government passed a law banning them from main roads and they seem to have disappeared altogether. Who ate them? Possibly millions. Not the Romanian dogs, they are as thin as ever. I have eaten horse, frogs, snails and 
even a witchity bug, but I wouldn’t eat one of these “scabby old nags”, as Baroness Helena Kennedy called them.

George Shering

West Acres Drive

Newport-on-Tay, Fife