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Horsemeat Detected in Chicken Nuggets in Greece

Chicken nuggets and other meat products have been recalled by Greek health authorities after being found to contain horsemeat, the UK’s Meat Trades Journal reported Monday.

The Hellenic Food Safety Authority (EFET) said in a statement that the fraud was discovered via laboratory testing, but so far the first eight results for phenylbutazone, a drug commonly administered to horses that is harmful to humans, have all been negative.

Horse DNA was detected at various levels in a variety of products, including soutsouki (more than 25 percent horsemeat), chicken nuggets (between 10 and 25 percent), pre cooked frozen burgers (more than 50 percent) and frankfurter sausage (between 10 and 25 percent).

See meatinfo.co.uk for a full list of recently recalled products.

The recall became widely known on Monday, just as an editorial by Bloomberg News on how the recent horsemeat scandals are an example of the weaknesses in the global food chain was being circulated.

“The horse-meat storm that broke over Europe two months ago has been in one respect a tempest in a horseshoe, because it posed no threat to human health,” read the editorial. “That’s not a minor caveat in an industry where, in the United States alone, tainted food kills 3,000 people each year and sickens 48 million. The horse-meat substitution has struck a nerve, however, as people wonder what else they’re eating that isn’t what they think it is.”

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  • FDSkywalker

    Well, I’ve always suspected that the ingredients to our daily diet are not the ones labelled on the package. All these recent food scandals have made it clear to me: “Do not think what you’re eating when you’re eating.” The food industry won’t stop mislabeling products, because it’s a question of money. Only if the penalty for food fraud would be dizzyingly high, some producers may rethink their strategy.

  • Lisa Norman

    “posed no threat to human health”? Horses are routinely given drugs banned in ALL food animals, they were never meant to be in the food chain. Horsemeat is so toxic, it was banned in pet products in U.S. over 30 years ago. Many American horses are slaughtered in Canada & Mexico and their flesh exported to EU countries. Diseases caused by these “banned” drugs would not show up immediately in the consumer. A few states in U.S. such as Oklahoma are trying to bring horse slaughter back to U.S. It would still be illegal to sell horsemeat in U.S. but they are okay with exporting the toxic flesh to poison foreign consumers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brendan.burger.73 Brendan Burger

    We the citizens of the USA need to take America back from the Richard Noggins that don’t care if they kill us.