Tainted Horse Meat Enters Food Chain
“Burger King, Nestle, Tesco and now Ikea – the European horse meat scandal that has heightened food supply concerns for the last month has now reached the furniture giant’s famed Swedish meatballs,” according to latimes.com.
The horse meat had been contaminated with Phenylbutazone. “Phenylbutazone is the most common anti-inflammatory drug administered to horses; it’s also a carcinogen for humans,” according to marketplace.org.
“The horse carcasses tainted with Bute were legally slaughtered in Britain but should not have entered the food chain,” according to the UK Food Standards Agency. All of the contaminated meat was recalled. However, the meat is believed to have entered the food chain.
“But the announcement still added a new dimension to the scandal over mislabeled meat that erupted in Europe in January after horsemeat was initially found in so-called beef ready-made meals and burgers in Britain and Ireland,” according to inquirer.net. Because of the announcement, ready-made meals have been stripped from stores. Since Europe trades with most of the world, countries as far away as Hong Kong have been feeling the effects of the Bute contaminated horse meat.