The European Commission Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) find serious violations during inspections conducted in November and December of 2010 of EU regulated plants in Mexico slaughtering horses for human consumption.
There are numerous plants slaughtering horses for human consumption in Mexico, only five of which are EU regulated. FVO inspectors visited these plants plus three collecting centers and one US export pen for slaughter bound horses. The FVO objective was to verify that EU requirements for importing horse meat for human consumption into Europe are being followed.
In a report filed by the FVO, a number of serious violations and actions taken were cited, including these noted by Animals’ Angels:
- Two out of five establishments failed to meet EU requirements relating to slaughter hygiene and water quality. Additionally, there were non-traceable carcasses, a number of which were in contact with EU eligible horse meat. No export certificates will be issued until these issues are satisfactorily resolved.
- Random samples taken from horse meat processed in 2008, 2009 and 2010 tested positive for EU prohibited drug residues.
- Sworn statements made by horse owners on veterinary medical treatment histories were not authenticated and proven false, including cases of positive results for EU prohibited drug residues.
- From January and October 2010, of the 62,560 US horses shipped to slaughter 5,336 were rejected at the border due to advanced pregnancy, health problems or injuries.
- In a visit to one US export pen, 12 of the 30 horses held there were rejected.
We urge the FVO to conduct similar inspections in Canada where they are certain to find similar results, and ban the import of all horse meat from North American and Australian horse slaughter plants.
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