EU urged to ban Brazilian horsemeat

By Oscar Rousseau

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Brazil slaughtered nearly 200,000 horses in 2012, say the Food and Agriculture Organisation
Brazil slaughtered nearly 200,000 horses in 2012, say the Food and Agriculture Organisation

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The EU has been urged to stop imports of Brazilian horsemeat after one body raised “serious concerns” over animal welfare abuse, following evidence that horses died while being transported to abattoirs.

An audit from the EU’s Food and Veterinary Office’s (FVO) audit of Brazil has found what it described as shocking shortcomings in the country’s production of horsemeat destined for Europe.

The report found that a high number of animals were either dead or in a “state of extreme weakness​” on arrival at slaughterhouses – a clear violation of animal welfare law that a country must adhere to if it exports meat to the EU.

Serious shortcomings

In addition to the state in which the horses were transported to abattoirs, the report found “shortcomings​” in food safety and traceability issues.

The FVO report said Brazil’s implementation of a residue monitoring plan for horses in 2014-15 could not meet EU food safety standards.

In light of this evidence, the Humane Society International has called on the EU to stop importing horsemeat from Brazil.

Consumer health risk

Once again, a Food and Veterinary Office audit has corroborated our repeated warnings that horsemeat imported from non-EU countries fails to comply with EU food safety standards,​” said Dr Joanna Swabe, EU executive director at Humane Society International. “It is time the European Commission halted the import of Brazilian horsemeat, which poses potential health risks to EU consumers and causes the suffering of horses ending up in the Brazilian slaughter pipeline.​”

In 2010, the EU passed a law requiring that horses slaughtered for export to Europe met certain standards: this included a full lifetime medical treatment history and medicinal treatment records that satisfied veterinary medicine withdrawal periods.

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Posted by International Horse Registry,

PLEASE watch!! New 2017!! Newly release for the public. Tastefully done Documentary of what our slaughter pipeline is and what our Governments LET happen! Sargon was Slaughtered in Oct. 2016 with fraudulent/incomplete EID form. Young retired race horse, tattooed and full of medications! "Wrangled" from owner, shipped and slaughtered!! WHERE IS THAT TAINTED MEAT???

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Posted by Sandra Anthony,

Please stop the horse slaughter! They are part in f our history, not to be slaughtered and eaten! I do NOT want to eat horse, this is cruel and inhumane treatment! Thank you

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Posted by Kheinisch,

Why is it that the EU has ignored the fact that the great percentage of horses slaughtered for the EU markets..have no lifetime passports/medical records..why does the EU continue to accept the flawed EID documents filled out by the kill buyers that collect these horses completely at random..why are horses the exception to the food safety standards that every other species must comply with to produce meat for consumers/human consumption.?

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