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New Tests: Horse DNA Is In 5 Percent of European Beef

Horse DNA has been found in as much as 5 percent of beef products randomly tested by the European Commission.


Government tests have found yet more horse meat, and worse, horse drugs, in European beef. The European Commission randomly tested 4,144 beef products and found horse DNA in 193 of those samples, or about 5 percent.

And of those 193 tainted samples, the horse drug bute was found in 5 percent. Despite this, the EU says that the problem with horse meat is "a matter of food fraud and not of food safety," BBC News reported.

Other officials also downplayed health concerns, instead framing it as a right-to-know issue. “Consumers have a right to expect that food is exactly what it says on the label," UK Food Minister David Heath said in a statement.

If you plan on visiting France soon, stick to the croissants, because the country has found more cases of illegal horse in beef products than any other European country, Reuters reported. While results from the France tests aren't official yet, sources told Reuters that in France, more than 13 percent of beef samples tested positive for horse DNA.

"In terms of image it's not good. It risks delaying our attempt to regain consumer confidence to get out of the crisis, because it is not over yet," Jean-Rene Buisson, chairman of the French food industry group ANIA, told Reuters.