Horse meat enters European food chain, residents nervous

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Kelly Kachidurian

Americans don’t yet have to worry about horse meat entering their meat source. As of now, the tainted meat has surfaced only in Europe.

Horse meat and pig meat have been improperly labeled and sold as beef for the past month. Starting in Ireland, and then spreading to 13 more European countries, people have been unknowingly consuming horse meat.

DNA investigation showed traces of phenylbutazone in horsemeat. Phenylbutazone, also called bute, is a drug given to horses as an anti-inflammatory painkiller. If humans consume phenylbutazone, it can damage their health.

The DNA testing also revealed horsemeat in Buitoni refrigerated pasta products. The company pulled The Beef Tortellini, Beef Ravioli, and Lasagnes a la Bolognaise Gourmandes off the grocery store shelves in Italy, Spain, and France.

Acocrding to Reuters.com, Nestle , which owns Buitoni, hopes to reassure their consumers and released the statement: “There is no food safety issue.”

Consumer Intelligence conducted a survey, asking how many people have lowered their meat intake as a cautionary response to the horsemeat scandal. One-fifth of adults have bought significantly less meat than usual.

A Nielsen study shows that in the month of February, British frozen hamburger sales decreased by 40 percent. As meat sales decline, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, the British Retail Consortium, and the UK Food Standards Agency continue to address the horsemeat scandal.

For a full list of the companies still involved in the scandal, click here.