16.07.207 – Dismantling of a vast traffic of horsemeat in Europe

Sunday July 16, Europol announces the dismantling of a vast traffic of horsemeat unfit for human consumption in Europe. The network had ramifications across eight European countries: France, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, including Belgium where the leader of the criminal organization was arrested with the collaboration of the Federal Police, the Federal Food Agency in Belgium and Guardia Civil. In total 66 individuals were arrested or investigated.

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14.02.2017 “New investigations show more EU-consumed horsemeat imports from torturous production overseas”

International animal welfare coalition between European, North and South American organisations, calls for an import ban on horsemeat into the EU and Switzerland from overseas.

Access to the article by Eurogroup is available here


Europe raises horse welfare concerns in new EU horsemeat import rules

EU to tighten up import rules following traceability issues with Canadian horsemeat

The European Commission is set to adopt long-awaited requirements to more strictly regulate the import of horsemeat from non-EU countries following the latest audit finding that Canadian horsemeat may not meet EU food safety standards. Humane Society International/Europe says that whilst tackling the issue of traceability of horsemeat is important, the new rules risk compromising horse welfare by potentially keeping large numbers of horses on feedlots for long periods of time. HSI wants to see an EU import moratorium on meat from these horses instead.

The European Commission identified traceability issues with the horses during its audits of Canadian horse slaughter plants. HSI has repeatedly highlighted risks to EU consumer safety from the fact that the majority of horses slaughtered in Canada originate from the U.S., where the use of veterinary drugs banned for use in food-producing animals is rife and there is no mandatory veterinary record-keeping. The new EU rules mean that from 31 March 2017, horses destined for slaughter in non-EU countries but for export to the EU, must undergo a minimum six-month residency requirement. This decision is likely to impact the horse slaughter industry in Canada and several South American countries, where horses for slaughter may be sourced from neighbouring countries.

Original article in here.


EU Urged to Halt the Import of Brazilian Horsemeat

As reported by the international  animal welfare organisation HSI, The European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office’s latest audit in Brazil has found major shortcomings in the production of horsemeat destined for export to the European Union. 

More on http://www.hsi.org/world/europe/news/releases/2016/03/eu-food-veterinary-office-horse-meat-audit-brazil-030316.html?referrer=https://www.facebook.com/


The EU Commission suspends imports of horse meat from Mexico due to animal welfare abuses

On December 8 2014, the EU Commission has adopted a decision aiming to suspend imports in the EU of horsemeat from Mexico for food safety reasons. The suspension of imports will be effective until March 2015.

Please read the decision here http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv%3AOJ.L_.2014.353.01.0017.01.ENG


France: new horsemeat scandal, 21 people arrested

On December 16th, 21 people have been arrested by the French police, for having taking part in a big horsemeat trafic. The meat came from horses used in laboratories. They were bought for a very low price and sold as beef. The scandal came from the fact that the horses were used for toxicologic tests and consequently were unfit for humane comsumption.

More information on http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/scandale-de-la-viande/20131216.OBS9643/viande-de-cheval-ce-que-l-on-sait-du-nouveau-scandale.html