As the EU Horsemeat Scandal Unfolds, the CHDC Questions the Safety of North American Horsemeat

News of horsemeat discovered in beef is circulating wildly in Europe, and some media outlets are now reporting about evidence of the toxic drug phenylbutazone in meat as well.
In light of this development, there is also every reason for the EU to be concerned about the safety of North American horsemeat.  The majority of horsemeat from Canada is shipped to the EU.  According to the CFIA, 6,147 tests will be performed on 385 samples of horsemeat in 2012-2013, and 300 of these tests are expected to be on phenylbutazone.  The CFIA cites a paltry 0.42% testing rate in the recent past.
Additionally, there is growing evidence that horses having been treated with phenylbutazone are slipping through the cracks and are entering the slaughter pipeline, with their meat subsequently shipped for human consumption.
One such example is in the CHDC’s Proof of CFIA Failure, a report on Silky Shark, a U.S. based racehorse who was slaughtered at Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation in Quebec, despite having a drug history positive for phenylbutazone.
The CHDC is certain that Silky Shark’s story is only the tip of the iceberg and the news coming out of Europe leads to the same conclusion.  Illegal food chain substances administered regularly to horses are potential silent killers that threaten the safety of horsemeat consumers, as well as the health of those who may unwittingly consume horsemeat contaminants present in other forms of meat.
The horsemeat industry has always been synonymous with illicit activity, inhumane transport and cruel slaughter practices, and finally the truth about horsemeat contamination from banned substances has come forward – not unexpectedly.
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  1. Horse killers are and always have been scum. To be doing what they are doing they cannot be people who can be trusted. I have known lots of them for many decades. I know what I’m talking about.

  2. Americans love to medicate our horses.. Having a bottle of Bute in the barn is like aspirin in the cabinet.. Plus the regular worming, and steroids.. And let’s not forget the yearly vaccination we give to keep our horse from getting sick.. I mean one horse can receive several shots all containing heavy metals.. Same reason they what pregnant women to stay away form tuna.. People should not be eating an animal that is not regulated.. Bioaccumulation at its best here in the US..

  3. Donikash · ·

    The Brits found that bute in in 6 percent of the horses carcasses they tested in a system where only horses with clean passports can even enter the food supply. There’s no reason to believe that the percentage of positive results would be lower in Canada that uses the totally ineffective EID system. That means of the 130,000 horses slaughtered in Canada as many as 7800 might test positive for bute if the CFIA was to even bother or care. The EU is trying to find 5 horses carcasses that tested positive for bute that ended up in food supply. The EU really needs to look at all the Canadian imports too.

  4. Margaret · ·

    I keep asking if there is a simple home kit we can purchase to test our own meat on. Test it for horse, pork, or Bute.

    If the EU can’t get it right then I’m sure we’ve been contaminated in this country. It may or may not have been done “on purpose”. But it’s here and were gonna have to deal with this.

    The end solution is simple and quite clear. DON’T SLAUGHTER HORSES. But in the meantime I want to know that my food is safe. I worry even about veggie burgers and so forth. How do I know they are real? And they haven’t been contaminated?

  5. Barbara Griffith · ·

    I would suggest for everyone to make it a point to leave comments at any UK newspaper that is running a story about the horse meat burgers. All you have to do is sign up to leave a comment.and also sign up for their newsletters so you can keep track of where this is going. The politicians in the UK and other countries read what is on the newswires if not them then their aids do. That is what I have been doing and they are printing it. Write everything you know about Vet drugs given to US horses exported to Canada/Mexico. If you have to contact the editors of these newspapers give them a list of drugs including the fact that US horses are given Rabies vaccines.
    I’m hoping that all of this not only ends horse slaughter in Canada but will stop our US horses from being victims of this greedy trade.

  6. Sheila J. · ·

    I second Betty’s comment. All of my horses at one time or another have received bute , and would definitely not pass inspection. I am totally against horse slaughter. There are enough animals in the world that supply the human food chain with meat – a horse should not be listed as a delicacy made available to a select few at an outrageous price point to begin with. If only these folks really knew what was in their so-called delicacy….I bet they’d have a second thought on what to order off the menu. Slaughter horses are not like farm raised beef, poultry or pork. Many of these horses have been subject to not only bute, but many other drugs I’m certain would make them not suitable for human consumption. But most importantly, horses should not be sent for slaughter or as meat period……

  7. I have 12 horses and not a one of them would pass a “no bute” inspection. Every one of them has had bute at some time in their life. A bottle of bute in the barn is like having a bottle of asprin, or ibuprofen in the house.
    But even then, I strongly believe that horse slaughter should not be allowed anywhere whether the horse has had bute or not.


      I only have two but they too get whatever drug they need to be comfortable neither will ever see inside of slaughterhouse; mine are keepers. But I agree with you 100% the time to end slaughter of horses is now.

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