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 […]

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 […]

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Answers to your top 10 FSMA questions of 2013 – Leavitt Partners blog

From environmental monitoring to supplier verification, Leavitt Partners presents the answers to some of the biggest […]

FSA reports initial species identification test results, testing expands across Europe

Testing of beef for horse DNA still is underway in the United Kingdom (U.K.), as calls to test expand throughout Europe.

Of the 2501 samples tested so far in the U.K., 2472, or roughly 99 percent, came back negative for horse DNA and 29 samples, or about 1 percent, came back positive. About 950 tests […]

Deciphering science-speak: What is phenylbutazone?

Those who have been following the ongoing story regarding horse meat found in beef products in the United Kingdom (U.K.) may have noticed concerns about a pain drug used to treat horses.

Phenylbutazone, or bute, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) used to treat pain and soft tissue inflammation in horses and to treat a […]