Canadian horsemeat imports ‘should be banned’

By Michael Stones contact

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Canadian horsemeat imports should be banned on safety fears
Canadian horsemeat imports should be banned on safety fears

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The European Commission (EC) has again been urged to ban EU imports of Canadian horsemeat, following a report which raised fears about the meat’s safety for human consumption.

The latest report by the EC’s Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) questioned the reliability of controls on horses slaughtered in Canada for export of horsemeat to the EU. It could not be guaranteed that horses – particularly those exported from the US – had not been treated with illegal substances during the six months before slaughter.

Humane Society International (HSI) EU executive director Dr Joanna Swabe said her organisation had repeatedly warned horsemeat entering the food chain from Canada does not fully meet EU safety standards.

‘Suspends all horsemeat imports’

“FVO audits have consistently identified serious problems with the lack of traceability of American and Canadian horses slaughtered for export to the EU, particularly regarding veterinary medical treatment records,”​ said Swabe. “It is high time that the Commission takes action and suspends all horsemeat imports from Canada.”

HIS Canada campaign manager Ewa Demianowicz highlighted the “blatant flaws of the cruel horse slaughter industry”​ that, she claimed, had been proven repeatedly.

“The horsemeat produced in Canada for human consumption poses serious health risks for consumers around the world, and Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulations cannot guarantee that Canadian horsemeat is compliant with EU food safety standards,”​ she said.

‘Failed to ban’

“It is appalling that the Canadian government has still failed to ban this practice, despite these risks and documented flaws.”

Similar traceability concerns led the EU to suspend imports of horsemeat from Mexico​ – particularly with respect to horses of US origin – in December 2014.

The HSI said a ban on Canadian imports should be extended to cover any other horsemeat-exporting country to the EU that does not comply fully with EU food safety requirements.

Meanwhile, food safety will take centre stage at the Food Manufacture Group’s one-day food safety conference at the Lowry, Manchester on Tuesday September 29.

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Horse sense?

  • Since July 2010, the EU has required that the only horses allowed to be slaughtered for export within the union are those with a known lifetime medical treatment history and medicinal treatment records that show they have not been treated with banned substances and satisfy the veterinary medicine withdrawal periods.
  • The latest FVO audit in Canada concluded it cannot be ensured that horses slaughtered in Canada for export to the EU have not been treated with substances, which are not permitted in the EU, in particular hormonal growth promoters.
  • HSI recently submitted a petition to the European Parliament urging action to ensure the Commission moves to protect the health of EU consumers by suspending the import of horsemeat from non-EU countries that do not meet EU import requirements.

Source: HSI

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2 comments

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Posted by Karen Hass,

vesicular stomatitis.....https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10204519810611697&set=p.10204519810611697&type=1&theater

From a Japanese restaurant article...."This tan (tongue) had a chewy texture.".....Show the consumer where the tongue came from. Tongue Sushi is on the menu.

The fact is, that horse they are eating could well have been harboring any number of diseases that were not yet showing outward signs............vesicular stomatitis does cross over from horses to humans.....and they aren't even cooking it first! ....If human tongues do look like this on occasion, and flu like symptoms are felt, they would not even know where to look for their point of exposure.
This zoonotic approach, diseases the horses have been exposed to, that do cross over to humans....on top of the drug issue, the drugs given to the horses in the United States that are not allowed in food animals,....That vesicular stomatitis tongue picture, once you have seen it, it stays in your brain....Pictures of Strangles abscesses would impact any chef!

From the U.S. with love...."You have no idea what you are eating."
Eating raw horsemeat is a time bomb.....Horses are funneled from state to state toward border states with false documents....There is no regulation on what the horses have received in the way of drugs, and there is no regulation on what diseases the horses were exposed to shortly before slaughter.

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We will have to wait and see if this transpires...

Posted by Callie Durling,

As with American Horses being removed from Mexico and Canada these horses are in fact still making the long trip to the Slaughterhouses in both Mexico and Canada. It is a matter of enforcement and that costs money. The US Government has neither the will nor the desire to keep our Horses, Ponies, Mules, Hinnies, or Donkeys safe in the United States. The Department of Transportation would have to be on hand at all Ports of Exit in the US and that costs money which would have to be Appropriated.

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