Issue: Export of "pets" and working horses for slaughter for human consumption
Situation Report Summary
The European Union has passed new rules governing the importation of horse meat for human consumption. In consideration of the growing awareness that many horses that were introduced into the slaughter stream had been given medications that were not approved for food animals, and that some of those medications are considered carcinogenic or could disrupt human pregnancies if consumed in very small amounts, the EU will not allow meat from horses that were either not raised for food (with requisite complete health records) or unless they stand through a quarantine period.
The new EU rules will take effect in April, 2010. The new rules should put an end to a shadow industry that introduced pets and working livestock into the human food chain with little, if any, oversight as to what these food products may have contained.
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More details about this issue.
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