Food Fraud: It’s deceptive and dangerous

In 2013, scandal rocked the European food industry after equine DNA was found in (allegedly) beef burgers produced in Ireland. The discovery caused a domino effect of revelations across the continent, exposing that horse and other animal meat was being used as filler — or an entire substitute — for frozen beef burgers sold to […]

FSA reviews horse meat response

The United Kingdom’s (U.K.) Food Standards Agency (FSA) hopes to learn from the horse meat scandal that hit the nation earlier this year, according to a statement.

In January, officials found horse and swine DNA in beef products in the U.K. during routine monitoring. Of the 27 beef burgers tested, 10 contained horse DNA and […]

EU report: Less than 5 percent of samples contain horse meat

Less than 5 percent of food samples tested in a European Union (EU)-wide program contained traces of horse meat, the EU reported today.

About 0.5 percent of the horse samples tested contained phenylbutazone, or bute, an anti-inflammatory drug used to treat pain. Its use is not permitted in animals destined for human consumption because of […]

Italy latest country to find horse meat in beef

One in five beef products tested in Italy have been found to contain horse meat, officials announced today.

Of 454 beef samples tested, 93 tested positive for horse meat at more than 1 percent. The tests in Italy followed the discovery of horse and pig meat in United Kingdom (U.K.) beef products earlier this year, […]

Phenylbutazone found in U.K. beef product

Low levels of a veterinary anti-inflammatory drug have been found in a beef product in the United Kingdom (U.K.), according to media reports.

The findings come as species identification testing continues in the U.K. in the wake of the discovery of horse and pig DNA in beef products. Phenylbutazone, or bute, often is used to […]