Its most strange that the price of corned beef is high. During WW2 its was used as a cheap "top-up" to your ration vouchers when the butcher was short of other meat.
Made correctly it preserves quite well due to being salted and jellied, as well as being bulked up by cheap products.
Even after the mad-cow episode, when the price of beef dropped enormously, corned beef held its price in comparison.
Its high price is of no concern to me, the government review the two-year kill rule for cows (brought in to hide BSE - under two years they don't usually show the symptoms). In recent years the government have looked at lifting this rule, but MAFF interject and say that it might not be a good idea. They are hiding BSE and obviously still think there is a significant risk.
Hence - I don't eat beef.
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