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
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.
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