Feds to Beef Up Horse-Meat Testing

USDA says move is response to recent events, consumer concerns

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 4, 2013 10:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – With horse meat having turned up in foods all across Europe, the USDA said yesterday it will step up its "species testing" on meat imports, reports NBC News. In the past, such testing only occurred when there was a reason to doubt the purity of a shipment. Though the order didn't outline a specific testing schedule, it directs inspectors to up testing on imports from the UK, Poland, Iceland, and Ireland, as well as on all imported raw ground beef and veal. A USDA rep explained that while it is confident about the effectiveness of its current system, the change will "enhance current safeguards and prevent fraudulently labeled products from entering the country."

A horse butcher flushes out the halved carcass of a slaughtered horse in a horse slaughterhouse in Freiberg near Dresden, eastern Germany, March 5, 2013.
A horse butcher flushes out the halved carcass of a slaughtered horse in a horse slaughterhouse in Freiberg near Dresden, eastern Germany, March 5, 2013.   (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)
A curious horse peers at a photographer.
A curious horse peers at a photographer.   (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Takaaki Iwabu)
A young horse rears up in a pasture.
A young horse rears up in a pasture.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
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