Horse meat dangers neglected

This 2019 video is called You Have Been Eating Horse Meat Without Knowing It.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Horse passport susceptible to fraud

Added: Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013, 16:30
Updated: Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013, 17:03

The safety of horse meat in the current system cannot possibly be guaranteed 100 percent, according to a report in the EénVandaag TV program. The horse passport is vulnerable to fraud because it does not always mention which drugs are administered to a horse.

Government secretary Dijksma demands, basing herself on the broadcast, that veterinarians should improve their records. She also thinks that a new European registration system for horses should be similar to the system applying to cattle.


Particularly, there are problems with the use of the painkiller phenylbutazone, often called ‘bute’. The drug is often used, but rarely recorded in the horse passport.

Horses which have had bute are slaughtered for consumption like other horses. In horse meat seized in Oss the drug bute, harmful to humans, has been found.


Phenylbutazone is harmful to humans if ingested regularly. Two years ago, U.S. researchers have warned that horse meat containing bute is a danger to public health.

Chairman Hellebrekers of the Association of Veterinarians reacts in the EénVandaag broadcast. He acknowledges that the use of phenylbutazone has never been recorded properly.

French “horsegate” scandal bigger than thought at first: here.

USA: Oceana Study Reveals Seafood Fraud Nationwide: here.

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