European Commission Launches Investigation into Health Risks of Bute

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The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority and European Medicines Agency to conduct an investigation into phenylbutazone’s effects on human health. The medication has been reported to be toxic to bone marrow and may be associated with blood disorders and cancer.

The request came as the horsemeat crisis continues to grow in Europe.

The Commission adopted testing protocols for phenylbutazone in correctly-labeled samples of horsemeat sold in Europe. Anti-slaughter advocates claim that bute regularly enters the human food chain, while slaughterhouse officials say they regularly conduct testing and do not allow horsemeat containing the medication to be sold for human consumption.

Results of the study are expected April 15.

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  • Tim G.

    How about if the clowns in Europe STOP EATING OUR HORSES. Then the health risk can be averted. Case Closed!

    • Philo

      too funny

  • Lasixisforhighbloodpressure

    Who would have thought it?   The Bute the trainers give the horses may protect them from the European slaughter houses……Bute, aka Phenylbutazone was once a popular anti inflamatory used in the USA but because of its side effects, it was taken off the market.  Of course we know its popular in the Equine industry….just maybe these traces  of Bute in our horses will make them less edible ???…..What about the Lasix?….will that exasperate their gout???….Don’t worry Bute treats that!!!

  • Swiss305

    Does anyone believe that slaughterhouse officials “regularly conduct testing and do not allow horsemeat containing the medication to be sold for human consumption?”  If they were concerned about that, it would be pointless for the kill buyers to buy horses without testing or verification first. They have no idea what a horse has been given when they buy it for slaughter. To prevent any tainted meat from exiting your slaughterhouse, you would have to be sure that it wasn’t coming in.  Any horse without proof that it was clean should be turned away before slaughter, if the slaughtermeisters are to be believed.  If they test after slaughter, they’ve wasted money buying tainted horses and on the cost of slaughter and thousands of pounds of meat would become worthless.  Bottom line: their claim of testing is a joke.  By some mysterious process, bute has made its way to human consumption.

    • carol

      The Canadian Food Inspection Agency only draws a sample after 11,000 lbs. have gone through…no wonder Europe is finding toxic horsemeat…

  • Joyce Moore

    How exactly are they going to conduct this ‘investigation’? I highly doubt that human test subjects are going to be lining up to participate in a toxicology study for a drug already known to cause cancer in humans.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/ben.vandenbrink.52 Ben van den Brink

    What about beiing mixed up with 160.000 horses a yr that won,t be slaughtered and left in the US

  • http://www.facebook.com/simone.netherlands Simone Netherlands

    Who will they be testing this on? monkeys and beagles in vivisection labs? Those test animals are not the same species as humans and it wil not have the same effect as it will on humans, so it cannot be effectively tested unless you use humans. Decades ago when it was legal, it was already established that it had the idiosyncratic lethal effects on humans, when people actually did die. This is why it was deemed forbidden by the FDA. There is no point in testing bute since there are also hundreds of other substances that people give to their horses. Not until someone starts actually breeding horses for slaughter, (its expensive to do that), there is not any way to make sure that toxins and carcinogens and steroids don’t end up on peoples plates. So just give it up and forbid any animals that were not bred for slaughter to enter the food chain! Duuuuuuhhh.

  • http://twitter.com/sunrise01 SAM

    DUH!? Just because “they” got caught in the web now, they are going to play silly with us,,,OH, I didn,t know! … . – via/The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority and European Medicines Agency to conduct an investigation into phenylbutazone’s effects on human health. The medication has been reported to be toxic to bone marrow and may be associated with blood disorders and cancer.

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