U.S. amps up horse-meat testing

April 3, 2013

According to The Wall Street Journal, Europe’s horse-meat scandal is prompting the United States to increase the “species” testing it does on imports to detect any traces of equine contamination in products labeled as beef, pork, or other meat.

The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture on April 1 ordered inspectors to increase testing on all meat imports from Ireland, Poland, and the United Kingdom—countries where meat production has been implicated in the scandal. The inspectors were also told to begin performing species tests on some beef-product imports, regardless of what country it comes from. The extra tests are to make “absolutely certain” the U.S. is unaffected by the overseas recalls on horse meat.

The European Commission said in March it has begun a broad testing program for undeclared horse in European meat. Horse meat can be sold for consumption in the European Union, but it must be labeled in food products. The U.S. Congress is considering a measure that would ban horse slaughter nationally.

The Wall Street Journal article