The equine meat scandal across the UK and EU now includes donkeys; what about the bute?
Cross-posted from the Daily Mirror
by JASON BEATTIE and DAVID COLLINS
The horse meat scandal deepened today amid claims some food sold in supermarkets may have contained DONKEY.
A law banning horse-drawn vehicles from Romanian roads could have to led to a surge in illegal meats, it was claimed.
. . . some of the meat which has turned up in Britain, France and Sweden could turn out to be donkey
Veteran campaigner and MEP Jose Bove said some of the meat which has turned up in Britain, France and Sweden could turn out to be donkey.
“Horses have been banned from Romanian roads and millions of animals have been sent to the slaughterhouse,” he said.
The startling revelation came as fresh tests revealed Tesco’s own-brand budget pasta ready meals were up to 100% horse meat.
Britain’s biggest grocer scrapped tens of thousands of frozen Everyday Value Spaghetti Bolognese dishes amid fears that the food had been contaminated.
And boss Tim Smith announced the firm had now dumped shamed French supplier Comigel, the firm at the heart of the scandal.
Donkey meat is regarded as a delicacy in Italy.
Horses are bought by criminal gangs for as little as £10 in Romania, then sold on to abattoirs and meat exported within the EU.
In 2011 more than 6,779 tons was shipped abroad for processing.
In the meantime, Labour said that 70,000 horses in Northern Ireland remained unaccounted for, raising fears they could have been butchered. Read full report >>
In an earlier article by the Daily Mirror they report:
What about the bute?
Five horses slaughtered in the UK last year tested positive for phenylbutazone [bute], food safety chiefs admitted.
The anti-inflammatory is banned from the food chain over fears it causes bone marrow and liver problems in humans.
But test delays meant meat from the five contaminated horses still ended up on dinner plates. Read more >>
Speaking of bute, BBC News reports:
The global nature of the horsemeat business is also causing problems in tracing exposure to bute.
Using bute on horses for human consumption is banned in the EU, but thousands of tonnes of horsemeat is imported from the US, Canada and Mexico where practices are different.
Many of the animals killed for food in these countries were once racehorses, and the use of bute at racetracks across the US is so widespread that one scientist speaking to the New York Times called these horses “walking pharmacies”.
Research published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology in 2010 highlighted this risk, and EU officials warned last year about serious problems in verifying whether horses killed in Mexico were drug-free. Read more >>