Originally posted by redhorse
There would have to be a complete off-shoot of the equine industry made in order to breed and grow animals for food, or they would have to completely
revamp many of the common medications and products required to be maintain these animals for this to be safe.
Right now, horse meat is not a safe food supply. Period.
Actually there is - The Comtois is bred and raised for meat production in France-
A rather deformed photo taken with my phone as I rode by on my horse!
Their alimentation and treatment is controlled and regulated, just as it is for other meats, such as beef.
By french law, all horses not bred specifically for meat production have to be micro-chipped. When the law was passed (2008) all horses of all ages
were chipped, now it is done systematically when a colt is born. Slaughterhouses are obligated to check for chips, and keep these horses out of the
The biggest (knowing) consumer of horsemeat in Europe is Italy, then Belgium, then France. That is, it is accepted, but rare.
I live in France and have never eaten Chevaline, never seen it offered on a menu, have yet to meet someone who has. I once saw a steak of it at my
grocery store. The practice boomed during the revolution and the World Wars, when people were starving and desparate for food, and has gone down ever
French adults I talk to say that their grandparents regularly ate horsemeat.
The UK attempts to control the horsemeat they produce and send out to the continent for consumption, through a system of passports, in which the
health records are recorded. But repeatedly, testing at various slaughterhouses show a percentage of horses have falsified passports, and treatments
like Bute get by and enter the food chain.
In the latest scandals, the chain of distribution is rather complicated. But the original source of the horsemeat is Romania.
Though Romania has laws about the meat sold for consumption, they have serious problems trying to control it. The recent economic crisis has made a
huge rise in people bringing horses to slaughter, as they become unable to afford to keep them.
In this report,
(unfortunately it is in French) the reporters went to Romania and here they interview a man who describes how one of his horses was diagnosed with a
highly infectious viral disease, which by law, obligates the vet to put the horse down. The vet allowed him to instead take the horse to the
slaughterhouse, and it was butchered and sold off for consumption. A Romainian investigator explains that they have a huge problem with not only
medicated, but diseased horsemeat being sold to other EU countries.
So there IS clean horsemeat being produced... the problem is that as long as cheaper compromised meat can be gotten from places like that, it is not
edit on 12-4-2013 by Bluesma because: (no reason given)