Harmful painkillers found in food products with horse DNA

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 08-03-2013 09:22:00 · 1 Comments
Harmful painkillers found in food products with horse DNA

Portugal's leading consumer rights association has found traces of anti-inflammatory drugs in the horsemeat found in processed food products that were on sale in Portugal, indicating a potential risk to public health, the group said in a statement on Thursday.

The Portuguese Consumer Defence Association (Deco) reported that tests had detected phenylbutazone - commonly known as bute - in samples of Auchan own-brand hamburgers and Polegar-brand meatballs that had earlier been found to contain horse DNA.

The presence of bute in meat for human consumption is illegal, it noted in its statement.

Information indicates that the relevant batches of these products are not currently on sale, it said, adding that it would nevertheless report these latest lab results to the European Union's Rapid Alert system.

Although the concentration of the drugs in the samples "don't represent an immediate threat" to human health, the statement concludes, they do indicate a situation of "potential risk" that means the controversy over horsemeat thus "cannot be reduced only to a labelling problem."

The statement calls on the Portuguese authorities to carry out more frequent tests to assess the safety of food products.


Not surprizing when we know here in Canada that every horse ever handled by a human has bute in its system and many are walking pharmacies.

by jean robertson from Other on 01-04-2013 03:28:00
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