Posted by Laura Rayner 76.80pc on March 22, 2013
It has been revealed that thousands of tonnes of horsemeat originating from the United States, which may be tained with banned veterinary drugs, are being imported into Europe for human consumption.
As there are no operating slaughter plants for horses in the USA, growing numbers of American horses are being live-shipped to Canada and Mexico, where they are slaughtered and then sent to Europe.
Unlike Europe, where a horse must have a passport identifying its origin and listing medications it has received, there is no such US system. Instead, any American selling a horse to Mexico or Canada must simply declare it has received no substances making it unfit for use as food. Campaigners say this system is ripe for abuse.
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