Increased surveillance for horse meat increases importance of correctly completed horse passports

Following the recent high profile furore over horsemeat being identified in supermarket beef burgers, the spotlight has also highlighted the fact that some horse carcases are testing positive for phenylbutazone.

As a result of this Defra and the FSA have said that, as an interim measure and with immediate effect, ALL horses slaughtered for human consumption will be tested for the presence of phenylbutazone. (NB. there is no suggestion that UK beef burgers contain phenylbutazone!)

They have made it clear that, where positive results are found, they are determined to call to account anyone who has not followed the rules.