Study finds horse DNA in 10% of meat dishes tested in Mexico

November 6, 2017 by  
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If you’re planning a trip to Mexico , you may want to opt for a meat-less experience. A new study found horse DNA in almost 10% of 433 samples of ground beef and meat dishes sold in public markets, butcher shops, taco stands, and street stalls in five Mexican cities. For the study, researchers at the School of Veterinary Medicine at Mexico’s National Autonomous University analyzed 433 samples of steak, prepared meat dishes from businesses, and ground beef . What they found was not encouraging. Reportedly, the highest percentage of horse DNA was found in ground beef sourced from stalls, street markets, and food stands. Unsurprisingly, less than 1 percent of vendors admitted to selling horse meat. Fortunately, horse DNA was not found in supermarket meat. Related: New Pulsar Machine Detects Horse Meat in a Matter of Minutes Last Friday, the country’s sanitary risks commission issued guidelines encouraging consumers to “closely check labels.” Few shoppers can do this, however, as researchers noted most of the meat was sold without a description. Horse DNA wasn’t the only concerning ingredient found in meat dishes in Mexico . The researchers found the steroid clenbuterol in 29 out of 43 meat samples that came back positive for horse DNA. As Phys.org reports, clenbuterol is a growth enhancer for cattle and is banned in Mexico. While horse meat is not technically illegal, its inclusion in ground beef and other meat dishes is concerning. First, the study shows that vendors are misleading consumers about the type of meat they are eating and where it is sourced from. Secondly, horses are often given medications which are not approved for animals being raised for food. Both of these should be considered as Mexico’s government takes steps to improve food regulation. + School of Veterinary Medicine Via Phys Images via Pixabay

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New Pulsar Machine Detects Horse Meat in a Matter of Minutes

December 3, 2014 by  
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Remember the horse meat scandal that rocked the UK last year? Well, it might never happen again thanks to a new device designed by UK-based Oxford Instruments The new Pulsar device can distinguish between real beef and horse meat in a matter of minutes, far surpassing lengthy DNA testing currently used by food safety inspectors. Read the rest of New Pulsar Machine Detects Horse Meat in a Matter of Minutes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: food safety , food scares , horse meat scandal , IFR , meat contamination , oxford instruments , pulsar , spectroscopy

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New Mexico Slaughter House Will Begin Killing Horses For Meat Next Week

August 1, 2013 by  
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Image ©nathanmac87 While the discovery of horse meat in beef products provoked outrage and churned stomachs on both sides of the Atlantic, a New Mexico company is counting on US consumers to intentionally purchase the equine meat. The Valley Meat Company says it plans to begin slaughtering horses for meat next Monday, in spite of protests, lawsuits and—earlier this week—an arson attack that damaged five refrigeration units. Read the rest of New Mexico Slaughter House Will Begin Killing Horses For Meat Next Week Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , Front Range Equine Rescue , green design , horse meat , humane society of the united states , Marin Humane Society , slaughterhouse arson , sustainable design , the Horses for Life Foundation , Valley Meat company        

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‘Pink Slime’ Maker’s Suit Against ABC News is Becoming a Landmark Defamation Case

March 7, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock After ABC News ran a series last year that gave Beef Products Inc.’s ‘lean finely textured beef’ the unflattering moniker ‘ pink slime ,’ the story went viral. Blogs and newspapers all over the world spread the message about the mixture containing chunks of beef, trimmings and ammonium hydroxide (to kill E.coli and other harmful contaminants) that was regularly used in hamburgers, taco meat and other beef products. As a result, BPI’s annual revenue shrank from $650 million to $130 million. So BPI hired the best lawyer they could find now they’re suing ABC News, anchor Diane Sawyer and a host of others in a $1.2 billion suit that Reuters says is shaking out to be one of the biggest defamation cases in US history. Read the rest of ‘Pink Slime’ Maker’s Suit Against ABC News is Becoming a Landmark Defamation Case Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: $1.2 billion lawsuit , ABC , beef , big food , bpi , defamation , Environment , GMOs , Health , horse meat , industrial food system , News , pink slime , Reuters , walt disney

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6 Incredibly Disgusting Additives Found in Everyday Foods

February 23, 2013 by  
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The recent scandal over horse meat found in “beef” products in the UK has sent a wave of disgust and panic through the country and beyond — while last year’s uncovering of the true ingredients in pink slime caused some in the US to reconsider their meat-eating habits. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to gross ingredients in our everyday foods. From crushed insects , to shellac and a substance derived from an unsettling part of beaver anatomy, there are many disgusting—and commonly used—food additives out there. Read on to learn more about six of the most surprising and gross ingredients in your food . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal products , cochineal , disgusting additives , disgusting ingredients , food additives , food ingredients , genetic modification , GMOs , gross additives , gross ingredients , horse meat , pink slime , unlabeled food ingredients

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UK Horse Meat Scandal Spurs Equine Butcher Sales to Jump 15% in France

February 21, 2013 by  
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Meat photo from Shutterstock UK citizens were recently traumatized to learn that ground “beef” sold by local supermarkets was contaminated with horse meat – but the scandal has inspired a very different reaction in France. Apparently the publicity surrounding the scandal has led to a 15% rise in horse meat sales in the past week. Since the story broke, the French have flocked to horse meat butchers , forgoing frozen food for the scandalous meat. Read the rest of UK Horse Meat Scandal Spurs Equine Butcher Sales to Jump 15% in France Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , horsemeat , horsemeat lasagna UK , Interbev Equins , rise of horsemeat in france , sustainable design

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Starbucks Opens Drive-Thru Made from Recycled Shipping Containers in Northglenn, CO

February 21, 2013 by  
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Horse Meat Scandal Tainted Anew With “bute” – a Painkiller for Horses

February 14, 2013 by  
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studiogi / Shutterstock England’s farming minister admitted that eight horses slaughtered in the UK tested positive for phenylbutazone, a pain killer for horses that can be very dangerous to humans. The environment minister David Heath told officials that out of 206 carcasses tested by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in response to the widening horse meat scandal , six tested positive, and may have entered the food chain in France, The Guardian reports. Read the rest of Horse Meat Scandal Tainted Anew With “bute” – a Painkiller for Horses Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bute , contaminated horse meat , England , environment ministry , food , Food Chain , FSA , Health , horsemeat scandal , horses eaten for meat , phenylbutazone , UK

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Ground Beef Sold in UK Supermarkets Found to be Contaminated with Horsemeat

January 17, 2013 by  
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In the United States, finding out that much of the meat served in school lunches contains “ pink slime ” (second-grade meat treated with ammonia) was a pretty shocking discovery. In the UK, a watchdog organization has discovered the presence of horsemeat and pig parts in ground beef that is sold to supermarkets. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is poised to conduct an investigation into all beef products sold within the UK after learning of the scandal from Ireland’s Food Safety Authority. On Wednesday, the FSA held emergency meetings with supermarket groups to see the extent to which the supply chain had been compromised. Read the rest of Ground Beef Sold in UK Supermarkets Found to be Contaminated with Horsemeat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: asda , Co-Op , david heath , DNA , fast food restaurant , food safety authority , food standards agency , ground beef , horse meat , Investigation , Ireland , labour party , mary creagh , pig products , pink slime , supermarket , tesco , UK , united states

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