Bizarre report out of the UK where a family ate their own horse contaminated with bute

UK Daily Mail Online – Feb 5, 2012: Investigation launched after family on British farm ate their own horse ‘which was contaminated with equine drugs’
• Horse is believed to have been butchered in the UK but sent back to the farm where it was bred in Yorkshire
• Food safety officials say the horse had been injected with phenylbutazone used to treat inflammation in horses
• Family believed to have eaten meat before test results came back
• Horses treated with ‘bute’ are not allowed to enter the food chain
• Contaminated meat normally sent to France and not UK shops
Bute
From a dialogue box in the report:
HOW DANGEROUS IS ‘BUTE’?
Phenylbutazone, or ‘bute’ is an anti-inflammatory drug which is regularly given to horses to treat lameness, pain and fever.
It is the most commonly used non-steroidal anti-inflammatory in equine practice.
Bute is banned from entering the human food chain in the EU because it can cause cancer and other lethal effects.
Horses that have been treated with it should have the information recorded on their passport, but Labour claim the issuing of such documents is fragmented in the UK, where there are 75 approved issuing organisations and no national database to track the information.
The Food Standards Agency tests to see that horses in slaughterhouses are fit for consumption and carries out further checks on the meat later down the line.

Read the entire article here.

10 comments

  1. I was watching the CTV news this afternoon feb 8/2013, and there was a story on while I was talking to my mom on the phone . It was great they said in the uk some one(s) complained because the meat in the store bought lasagne when tested contained 60-100percent horse meat. If you want to eat our horses in your country yah take your chances. WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND. Hope you all enjoy you lasagne.!!!!!!!!!!! Don’t think the slaughterhouses in Ca and Mexico care about what your eating, it’s all about $$$$$ so if you live in Europe and your eating beef in any form, ARE YOU REALLY ?

  2. Barbara Griffith · ·

    There is no way to track the cases of aplastic anemia as far as I can find out. The problem with all of this is the fact aplastic anemia can be caused by a number of factors. So it would take a lot of investigation that could last for months or years to pin it on horse meat. Which is too bad because if it could be proven to have been caused by eating contaminated horse meat that would stop a lot of the public from buying it. It looks like the UK is having the same problem testing the meat that Canada is having, they don’t bother to. They want to kill the horses as fast as they can to ship the meat out. But I will make a bet that there is a lot of aplastic anemia cases in all of the horse eating countries and no one will ever connect the dots.

  3. Shelley Bryant · ·

    For all you horse meat eaters…Bon Appetite!

  4. In Memory of Hoses Lost · ·

    Stop this by ending the slaughter of our horses period! All of mine are full of bute are they safe? Doubt it so will live out their lives with us. No! we don’t eat our horses; they’re part of our family.

  5. I can’t understand why it’s acceptable to send the meat to France, but god help them if they accidentally eat it in Great Britain! Why is it acceptable to send meat with toxins to another country?

  6. Anne Streeter · ·

    Hard to feel any sympathy for these heartless people! Interesting that England doesn’t mind shipping contaminated meat to Europe! Horse meat as food should be banned immediately since most horses at one time or another are treated with these toxic substances!

  7. Jo-Anne Ward · ·

    The adults? of this family, got what they deserved then anyways!

  8. jean robertson · ·

    In this world nothing comes as a surprize! “Contaminated meat normally sent to France and not UK shops” tells it all.
    The Western Producer has as article “Import violation may halt pork, and beef to Russia.” It seems Russia may impose a ban on Canadian and U.S. pork and beef amid concerns that may contain a drug used to make animal muscle more lean. The drug is called Ractopamine and is a feed additive. China has banned its use. Don’t eat anything produced on a factory farm or feedlot.

  9. lindabadham · ·

    THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE ! THEY ATE THEIR OWN HORSE ?? JESUS CHRIST THIS WORLD HAS NO MORALS WHEN IT COMES TO ANIMALS AND THEIR WELFARE. NOT SO MUCH AS YOU CAN JUDGE A NATION BY THE WAY IT TREATS THE ANIMALS IT SHOULD BE “YOU CAN JUDGE THE WORLD BY THE WAY THE ANIMALS ARE TREATED”. DISGRACEFUL AND DISGUSTING.SHAME ON ALL GOVERNMENTS WHO THINK ANIMALS ARE NOT PRIORITY !!

  10. Heather · ·

    Justice served!

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