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
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)

(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."

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No-Left-Turn
Apr 4, 2013 11:50 AM CDT
How about spending our taxes on testing of stuff that can actually harm us. Psychologically, we may not want to eat horse-meat, but it ain't going to hurt us.
kawahchan
Apr 4, 2013 11:31 AM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: For God sake, it is about time for USDA to set standard for horse meat and donkey meat; we really want to donate horse meat and donkey meat to the hungry North Korean kids and senior citizens to make Pope Francis happy ! However, the Texan wish the USDA will stamp on the Deer meat for our Texan farmers and ranchers to EXPORT to China, Hong Kong's 5-star restaurants. The Deer meat for steaks and deer grounded-meat to make BBQ sausage. Austin, Texas' bio-technology to use Deer's Cartilage / Chondrin to produce Made-in-Texas Bone Essense. Texas and Oklahoma will make Texas state-government revenue growth. The (R) 2014 & 2016 Texas Governor RICK PERRY led the TEXAS ENTERPRISE FUND to help Texas EXPORTS, our Texas A&M University developed the USDA & FDA Approved lowest cost Cow milk + Lamb milk + Soybean milk powder formula to EXPORT to China's babies daily, much cheaper than New Zealand's and Japan's imports. Texas plans to wholesale 5 pounds, 10 pounds, 20 pounds, 25 pounds sized milk powder packaged in brown-bag.
Fondue
Apr 4, 2013 11:10 AM CDT
You mean there's going to be beef in my horse meat? Ridiculous! Outrageous! OBAAAMAAAA!