Retailers in the UK and Ireland initially recalled approximately 10 million pounds of hamburger after three beef processors were discovered distributing hamburger patties containing both pig and horse DNA.
It was DNA testing as part of a quality assurance test that originally revealed the presence of horsemeat in beef products in mid-January. As of today, nothing definitive has been proven regarding the scandal, but all of Europe’s health ministers are gathering in Brussels to talk about what should be done. As many as 16 EU countries have revealed that beef sold in those countries contains horsemeat.
There is no government-based DNA testing of meat here in the US (although the technology is available here and in use by private companies selling Black Angus beef). And while it’s unlikely that any of our own beef contains horse, since there are currently no slaughter plants in the US, one has to wonder about the past.
As horsemen, we’ve likely all given our horses bute, at one time or another. Many of us have administered it more times than we can count. That’s been the big lie within the bigger lie of “100% beef,” certainly abroad and likely here in the US as well.