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Contaminated horsemeat sold for food

25th January 2013

The Food Standards Agency has confirmed that five horses which had "tested positive for a drug harmful" to people were sent to France to be killed for their meat.

The FSA said it had found eight cases of bute-positive horsemeat last year. It said: "Where the meat had been exported to other countries, the relevant food safety authorities were informed. None of the meat had been placed for sale on the UK market."  The shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh told agriculture minister David Heath in the Commons: "I am in receipt of evidence showing that several horses slaughtered in UK abattoirs last year tested positive for phenylbutazone, or bute, a drug which causes cancer in humans and is banned from the human food chain."


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