Horsemeat Scandal Continues to Spread Across Europe and Potentially Worldwide

horse-meat11nw1[1]Since horsemeat has been found in beef burgers and lasagna in the UK, the horsemeat scandal across Europe continues to grow, with news coverage across the world, including Canada’s Globe & Mail.  Legal action is expected across Europe, as the UK’s Environment Secretary says contamination is a “straight case of fraud“.  In this Guardian.co.uk report, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson confirmed that the government was open to bringing in the Serious and Organised Crime Agency if, as seems evident, the fraud is on an international scale. He said the Metropolitan police had been asked to investigate the scandal and that the force was liaising with counterparts in other countries. Paterson suggested the scandal was potentially a “worldwide” issue.
“I’m concerned that this is an international criminal conspiracy here and we’ve really got to get to the bottom of it,” he said.
In this The Independent report, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are mentioned, “In 2011, 1.8 million tons of horsemeat was imported to France from Canada, with another 1.2 million tons coming from Mexico. The source of most of this is the US.  France also slaughters 16,970 of its own horses, but the public health concern centres on meat originating not only from eastern and central Europe, but from the US.”
Phenylbutazone contamination is also addressed in these reports, and consumers are being asked to return products that may contain horsemeat.

12 comments

  1. Theresa Nolet · ·

    Even the passport system will not eliminate Bute from the food chain. E.U testing has proven that between 2 to 5% of tested carcasses with bute are still making it into the food chain. And they were not testing every carcass when that study was done. It has been proven with the micro chip that horses that are claimed to have been slaughtered are still alive and well, so what horse was slaughtered and eaten? The only way to protect human health is to stop slaughtering horses!

  2. Dennis Davey · ·

    It seems now that” EACH AND EVERY” British Horse for slaughter” WILL BE TESTED FOR BUTE CONTAMINATION”. Perhaps the CFIA who claims food safety as their number one priority can start walking the walk, instead of talking the walk and show the same concern for CONTAMINATED Horse meat as the British Govt. There is another benefit should the CFIA adopt the revised British system, they WILL be able to hold the person whose name appears on this so called EID that is provided to the slaughter house operator, accountable for providing FRAUDULENT DOCUMENTATION should results for of ANY of the Horses he presents for slaughter are BUTE POSITIVE. This too will enable the CFIA to finally enforce their own regulations by bringing criminal charges against a specific person. Should the person be a US citizen, the Canadian Border Agency could be notified. As important, the CFIA could now be held accountable for adhering to their own regulations , as the recipent of Horse meat from Canada would also be doing enhanced testing for the presence of BUTE.
    This however may be to complex a system for G. Ritz to understand. You know, he is the protector of our world class food safety system that the FDA has shown so much confidence in the last six months or so.

  3. jean robertson · ·

    Symptoms of e-coli usually show up within 48 hours and are easily traced. Symptoms of bute ingestion or any other drug could take years to develop and then couldn’t be traced or proven. Considering how many drugs are fed to factory farmed animals to keep them alive until slaughtered it is no wonder our heath system is on the verge of collapse..

  4. Mary-Joe Figueira · ·

    The CHDC can now feel vindicated for all the work they have been doing. I too hope that they are taken seriously.

  5. Dennis Davey · ·

    Perhaps the Health and Env. Ministers in England might consider widening their investigation to include Quebec and Alberta. Canadas shamefull Horse slaughter industry can be confirmed as CORRUPT from the time a Horse is bought by a kill buyer[ most likely in the U.S.] to and including ALL steps leading to the slaughter house operator/ owner. This includes a EID SYSTEM that has also been confirmed as WIDE OPEN TO FRAUDLENT INFORMATION.Maybe ALL Europeans should show more interest in the safety of ALL Horse meat regardless of where it is exported from.

  6. Barbara Griffith · ·

    There are a few people in the UK that are saying that no one will get sick from eating horse meat
    because of the low amount of Bute that would be in the ground meat. If that were the case why is any amount banned in all slaughter bound horses? I hope this carries over to this summer when the slaughter plants will actually have to check paperwork on each horse. And will the killer buyers actually produce the needed paperwork on each horse in their load? I doubt it. And if the horses brought in don’t pass muster what happens then? Don’t be surprised if the kill buyers start running off copies of fake bills of sale form supposedly owners that claimed their horse were never given Bute.

  7. Horse advocate or not, we all know right from wrong. Horses are our buddies and were NEVER meant to be on a plate. If only the public would wake-up and/or acknowledge whats in horsemeat. Straight case of fraud!
    Feel sorry for the horses. ~

  8. lindabadham · ·

    THIS WORLD IS SICK VILE DISGUSTING AND A DISGRACE WHEN IT COMES TO ANIMALS AND THEIR WELFARE. MOST PEOPLE ARE NOT AWARE OF THE SUFFERING WHEN THE POOR ANIMALS SLAUGHTERED. NO SLAUGHTER IS HUMANE. TO ACTUALLY KILL AN ANIMAL SHOULD BE QUICK AND NOT IN FRONT OF OTHERS WHO WAIT THE SAME FATE. WHO EVER THOUGHT OF EATING ANIMALS ANYWAY ??? HOW CAN EATING ANYTHING WHO HAS A FACE BE RIGHT ?? THE WORLD NEEDS A COMPLETE OVERHAUL WHEN IT COMES TO MORALS !. POOR HORSES ARE THE SERVANT OF MAN AND THIS IS WAS THEY GET IN RETURN. REMEMBER “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT “.

  9. GASafeHorses · ·

    Perhaps if we go vegan and stop eating meat period it would solve the problem and end the slaughter of our horses.

    1. animals are just like us they do cry and have feel pain animals cant tell us when they are in pain so it is our job to protect them and love them

  10. The CHDC reported in December 2012 on phenylbutazone contamination in Canadian horsemeat in Proof of CFIA Failure: https://canadianhorsedefencecoalition.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/proof_of_cfia_failure_dec_11_2012.pdf

    1. jean robertson · ·

      Maybe now it will be taken seriously!

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