Horse DNA found in burgers in Britain and Ireland ... and they're off
January 16th, 2013
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The discovery of horse DNA in hamburgers on sale at supermarkets in Ireland and Britain is testing the appetite of meat lovers there.

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland said Tuesday that 10 out of 27 hamburger products it analyzed in a study were found to contain horse DNA, and 23 of them tested positive for pig DNA.

The horse-tainted burgers, on sale at several different supermarket chains, came from two meat processing plants in Ireland and one in Britain, the Irish authority said.

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    October 10, 2014 at 5:26 am |
  2. nora

    wow thats gross

    February 4, 2013 at 4:07 pm |
  3. heatherclemenceau

    What's wrong with eating horsemeat? To start, they're not food animals and they were never raised as such. They are former children's ponies, private pets, cowboy steeds, and racehorses, for a start. Racehorses are now being declined by some slaughterhouses in Canada for complicated drug issues that do not pass muster with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's own meat hygiene manual for horses, To knowingly send a horse to slaughter for human consumption when that animal has been administered non-permitted drugs is a federal offence. This concern cannot be over-emphasized, as illustrated in a U.S. study performed on 18 American racehorses who were sent for slaughter after receiving phenylbutazone, Dodman et al, 2010 Association of Phenylbutazone usage with horses bought for slaughter: A public health risk. Food and Chemical Toxicology 48:1270-1274.

    Phenylbutazone, an anti-inflammatory drug, is a carcinogen and even tiny amounts can cause aplastic anemia, particularly in children. Clenbuterol, a bronchodilator that is used in the racing industry not only to enhance breathing but to build muscle, can cause symptoms of acute food poisoning (gross tremors of the extremities, tachycardia, nausea, headaches and dizziness). Not only that, but inspection agencies are probably not testing for dermorphin (frog juice) in horses sent for slaughter anywhere in the world. And why does it seem as if the racing industry can detect drugs in horses more expediently than can the food inspection agencies?

    January 18, 2013 at 2:37 pm |
  4. Esjack

    Oh,oh! Pets are a favorite dish for the Far East , dogs, cats, donkeys, and so forth, I bet a horse doesn't make any difference, go on , have some bite, start with the fetlock, ummch!

    January 16, 2013 at 11:03 pm |
  5. Horse sense

    ...wait a minute, wasn't that supposed to be part of a stable diet?

    January 16, 2013 at 2:41 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      I see what you did there...

      January 17, 2013 at 11:58 am |
  6. Benn

    Horse. The other white meat. Yum!

    January 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Nope. That's CAT

      January 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm |
  7. Vegann

    More proof that consuming ANYTHING other than an all organic, vegan based diet is nothing short of barbaric. You people are savages who deserve all of the diseases that you get.

    January 16, 2013 at 11:20 am |
  8. Mr. Ed

    Obviously,the whip marks were overlooked by the British consumer.

    January 16, 2013 at 11:20 am |
  9. HarleyGirl

    As a person that has owned horses for most of my adult life, I find this appalling. I was in Canada, and they had horse meat on their menus, too. I'd have to be literally starving before I could bring myself to eat horse meat. They were always my "big dogs". How could you eat something you call a pet? Sorry, not for me.

    January 16, 2013 at 11:10 am |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      Turkeys are cool, too.

      And they still taste good. Just sayin'

      I def wouldn't seek out horsemeat, though. Ick.

      January 17, 2013 at 12:02 pm |
    • heatherclemenceau

      I'm curious to know where you saw horsemeat on menus here in Canada. Outside of a very small number of restaurants in Toronto, Calgary, and some regional areas in Quebec, we don't eat it. Outside of Quebec you will be extremely hard pressed to find it in a specialty butcher shop.

      January 18, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
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