Now it's zebra in our burgers!
THE national horse meat scandal has awoken public interest in eating exotic meats, it is claimed.
Staff from Ank Marvin Ltd, which is based in Alexandra Park, off Wodborough Road, say orders are up for horse and other exotic meats they sell.
A burger stall run by the company was among traders at a food market in Nottingham's Old Market Square on Saturday.
Company director Vicky Brown sold a couple of hundred burgers, with zebra being by far the most popular.
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"The horse meat scandal has opened people's eyes a little bit," said Vicky, 37. "They are ordering more horse meat from us online.
"We hardly sold any horse before it, but sales have gone up quite a lot now.
"We've been in business four years and sell 30 different exotic meats, which are all imported directly from their country of origin."
She added: "The stall's been very busy, a lot busier then when we were last here in January. I think we've become very popular because of the health benefits of the meat, which is a lot leaner than beef.
"We started just doing ostrich but realised once people try that they'd try anything."
Among customers who bought a zebra burger from the stall were University of Nottingham student Jonny Pryn.
The 20-year-old English student, of Lenton, said: "To be honest I went for it because it was the closest thing to horse.
"It's got a more meaty taste to it, and an irony taste. I'd have it again."
Of the horse meat scandal, he added: "I've no problem with eating horse. I do have a problem with suppliers fooling people saying it's one thing and them getting something else.
"I think, though, it has all been blown out of proportion."