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At the Butcher Shop

Horse meat. Source: From “The European Horse Meat Scandal—It is Your Fault“.
Horse Meat Switzerland. Photographer Unknown.
Ground Horse Meat. France.
Minced Horse Meat. Source: From “How it became impossible for Americans to buy horse meat“.

At the Table — Raw Horse Meat

In countries where horse meat is considered a delicacy, diners often prefer it raw — particularly Japan. Click any image to enlarge.


At the Table — Cooked Horse Meat

Cooked horse meat is often served up as stews and burgers. Click any image to enlarge.


Horse Meat in the News

Russia to drive horse meat production out of depression
by Vladislav Vorotnikov | Global Meat News
21st May 2019

The Russian Government has prepared a draft program of horse industry development, with a special focus on an increase in the population of meat breeds – the segment where production performance has been shrinking over the past few years. Read more »

Featured Image (Top of Page): “Inside France’s Fading Love Affair with Horse Meat,” by Emily Monaco, 12 March 2017.

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Horse Meat From Mexico Banned By EU

January 2015

The European Union has banned the sale of horse meat processed in Mexico out of fear it may not meet food safety standards.

The EU ban follows a Dec. 4, 2014, report issued by the European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office that was based on its officials’ observations of Mexican slaughterhouses from this past summer.

The report revealed serious problems with the lack of traceability of horses slaughtered for meat export to EU countries. Horses originating both in Mexico and the U.S. consistently lacked reliable veterinary medical treatment records, according to the report, as there is no requirement in Mexico or the U.S. to keep treatment records on horses.

Currently, 87 percent of the horses slaughtered in the Mexican establishments approved for exporting meat to the EU are imported from the U.S., according to the report.

European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office

Another problem the FVO had is that, for Mexican horses, no official controls are in place to allow authorities to verify the authenticity and reliability of owners’ declarations stating the horse’s medication history and nonuse of substances prohibited in the EU.

For horses from the U.S., the Department of Agriculture “does not take responsibility for the reliability of affidavits issued for horses originating in the U.S., and the FVO audit team found very many affidavits which were invalid or of questionable validity, but were nonetheless accepted,” according to the report.

The EU has ruled since July 2010 that the only horses allowed to be slaughtered for meat export to the EU are those with a lifetime medical treatment history and medicinal treatment records showing that the veterinary medicine withdrawal periods have been satisfied.

The ban appears to be a precautionary one, as the auditors said, “On the positive side, the National Residue Monitoring Plan has been largely implemented, and there have been no relevant residue findings in recent years, no findings at EU border inspection posts, and no rapid alerts.”

In addition to safeguarding EU consumers, the ban was said to benefit the welfare of horses by reducing the number of horses reported to be in distress in the Mexican slaughter pipeline. Postmortem inspection records at two slaughterhouses indicated serious animal welfare problems during transport and at arrival at the slaughterhouses.

At one export facility visited, “Two rejected horses were present, (and) both horses were injured (one with open wounds above both eyes, the other lame),” the audit said. “Both had been left in pens under full sun (there is a requirement for 10 percent shade to be available) and had been present in the pens without veterinary treatment for at least two days.”

Plus, insufficient control measures were in place to ensure that stunning was done in an effective manner.

European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office

The FVO made the following recommendations after it found “The overall situation remains unsatisfactory.”

  • Ensure the validity and authenticity of the affidavits linked to the traceability of horses of Mexican and U.S. origin slaughtered for export to the European Union.

  • Ensure that substances that are banned for use in food-producing animals in the EU are not used in horses from which meat is intended for export to the EU.

  • Ensure that treatment records are kept on horse holdings and that horses are adequately identified for this purpose, either individually or as a lot.

  • Ensure that the registered data in the various databases concerning Mexican horses slaughtered for export to the EU are correct.

  • Ensure that the postmortem inspections are carried out in compliance with EU regulations in all Mexican-approved slaughterhouses.

  • Ensure that official controls are performed at all stages of production of horses and their meat intended for export to the EU and that these controls are effective in guaranteeing that horse meat exported to the EU has been produced in accordance with relevant EU requirements.

The FVO is asking the Mexican government to develop an action plan incorporating responses to the recommendations no later than 25 days after the report’s release. A future FVO audit that has a satisfactory outcome will also be necessary before any proposal is considered to lift the ban.

Source: JAVMA


February 3, 2015: Switzerland announces it is joining the EU in suspending horse meat imports from Mexico due to food safety.

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Top Chef Canada horse meat episode raises cultural, moral and food safety concerns


May 12, 2011

OTTAWA, Canada (May 12, 2011) — Top Chef Canada is stirring up controversy that raises cultural, moral and food safety concerns with an upcoming episode featuring horse meat.

Episode 6: “The French Feast”, that includes horse meat as one of the key ingredients chefs must cook with in the competition, is scheduled to air May 16, 2011 on Food Network Canada.

Following a televised preview of the episode, commenters began flooding the Top Chef Facebook page and sending emails to Top Chef Canada and Food Network Canada objecting to the inclusion of horse meat in the program. Many of them are also complaining to sponsor President’s Choice, and GE Monogram, the show’s official appliance supplier.

“There are three issues generating the Top Chef horse meat controversy”, states Vivian Grant Farrell, president of the US-based equine protection group Int’l Fund for Horses, “cultural, moral and food safety.”

Horse meat is commonly eaten in many countries in Europe and Asia. However, horse meat is considered taboo in English-speaking countries such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and Australia.

Another objection to horse meat are the methods used for the production of it — horse slaughter — and the numerous, well-documented cruelties inherent to it.

“The cultural and moral aspects of horse slaughter are constantly debated between those for and against it. What cannot be argued, however, is that horses are routinely given drugs throughout their lives that leave toxic residues, potentially carcinogenic to humans, in their meat”, adds Farrell. “There is a clear food safety issue here.”

In a response by Food Network Viewer Relations on behalf of Food Network Canada regarding the controversial horse meat episode they state, “it is not our intention to offend our viewers,” adding that:

“Before we decide to broadcast a program, our Programming Department screens it to ensure that it is suitable for broadcast. The determination of suitability includes ensuring that the broadcast would not contravene applicable broadcast laws and industry codes including, but not limited to, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ (CAB) ‘Code of Ethics’, ‘Equitable Portrayal’, and ‘CAB Violence Code’.”

Farrell is not buying it.

“I find it difficult to swallow that promoting a foodstuff with the health and safety issues attached to horse meat does not violate broadcast codes, and question their Programming Department’s due diligence.

It is my opinion that Food Network Canada and Top Chef Canada are clearly crossing the boundary of ethical responsibility to their viewing public by airing a cooking show featuring horse meat”, responds Farrell. “I urge them to issue a warning prior to the screening of this episode.”

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