“Besides being illegal, U.S. horse meat presents a significant public health hazard…”
Bad news may be good publicity, but not when you’re opening a restaurant, as Hugue Dufour, chef and co-owner of M. Wells Dinette learned when he announced he’d be putting horse meat tartare on the menu.
M. Wells opened at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City on September 27. Dufour’s plan was to start serving it once the restaurant “settled into a groove.”
But the sale of horse meat is presently illegal in the U.S. It is also illegal in several states, including California, Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas and—as of two weeks ago—New Jersey.
This past May, Mr. Dufour served horse-meat bologna and foie gras grilled-cheese sandwiches at Brooklyn’s Googa Mooga Food Festival, when it was also illegal. Photos and descriptions can be found on M. Wells’ Web site as well as multiple foodie blogs.
“You can’t serve it to the public if it’s not inspected by the USDA,” says retired USDA veterinarian, Dr. Lester Friedlander.
Presently, no U.S. horse slaughterhouses have been approved for USDA inspections, although several have applied.
Mr. Dufour’s horse meat comes from U.S. horses slaughtered in his native Canada, according to sous chef, Aidan O’Neal. But that’s not USDA approved, either.
A Fright At The Museum: Tainted Horse Meat or Foodie Experience?
Besides being illegal, U.S. horse meat presents a significant public health hazard unknown to the media, the public, M. Wells and MoMA, apparently.
The public safety hazard comes in the form of toxic drugs expressly banned by the FDA in horses slaughtered for human consumption but that are widely given to U.S. horses, including those just days from heading to slaughter.
At least one, Phenylbutazone, a common painkiller and anti-inflammatory used to treat everyday soreness in working and nonworking horses, causes cancer in humans (with raw horse meat posing the greatest risk)….continued
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