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Landmark Paper Links Bute to Chemical Contamination

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HOUSTON, (Horseback) – Decades of USDA studies asserting U.S. and Canadian horse meat as chemically harmless have been branded as bogus by a new peer reviewed scientific study.

The paper, titled “Association of Phenylbutazone Usage With Horses Bought for slaughter: A Public Health Risk” appeared in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology.

It questions USDA (US Department of Agriculture) and CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) testing programs. The programs have consistently given bute and scores of other dangerous chemicals a clean bill of health in U.S. horsemeat exported for human consumption in the dining rooms of Europe and other destinations abroad.

The paper begins by putting the dangers of bute into historical perspective citing 14 prior scientific studies..

“Phenylbutazone (PBZ) was marketed in the United States for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and gout in 1952. Serious and often fatal adverse effects such as aplastic anemia and agranulocytosis appeared in the literature within three years of its use ( Benjamin et al., 1981; Böttiger and Westerhom, 1973; Cameron et al., 1966; Chaplin, 1986; Deaths due to butazolidin, 1952; Dunn, 1972; Etess and Jacobson, 1953; Hale and DeGruchy, 1960; Leonard, 1953; Mauer, 1995; McCombs, 1958; Nelson et al., 1995; Ramsey and Golde, 1976; Risks of agranulocytosis and aplastic anemia, 1986; Steinberg et al., 1953 ). The serious adverse effects of PBZ culminated in its unavailability for human use in the United States.”

Agricultural interests have long touted the USDA studies as valid proof supporting the assertion that domestic horsemeat is harmless for human consumption.’

The European Union last year banned the import of U.S., and Canadian horsemeat citing the use of bute and scores of other dangerous and carcinogenic chemicals.

Agricultural interests in at least five states have mounted serious legislative efforts to again legalize the slaughter of horses for the export of their meat for human consumption abroad.

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  1. This makes me wonder what USDA allows in our food here in USA!!!! Is meat with USDA organic approval even organic? Who checks on free roaming and nitrate free status? The same USDA and CFIA chemical corporate bought and run people that say Bute is ok for human consumption?


  2. Yes!!!!!! from me too, now put that in your pipes and smoke it you arogant SOB’s!!!!! All those arrogant politicians, pro-slaughter advocates and abusers!!!
    I wonder what the Missouri Representative will think of this after his atrocious behaviour in recent days! Sorry if I sound a bit over the top but I have had a bad few days of severe depression over this whole debacle and the Mustangs in Fallon!!


  3. Just to add, as if I need to, these types of things may also explain all the diseases that people are suffereing from these days, cancer, Parkinsons, MS, Leukemia to name a few??? Beware of what you are putting in your bodies people!!! Mass productiion is the enemy, geez you probably think I am turning into a raving lunatic LOL, sadly I am not, this is the truth!


  4. I’ve known about this problem for a VERY, VERY long time; unofficially, so has the the equine industry and the USDA.

    After all is said and done, I want to offer my most sincere appreciation and respect to these physicians/scientists for publishing this report/study. I don’t know if anyone or entity has ever tried this type of study.

    God bless you all; thank you and may you all continue the science based battle with equine supporters assistance until this abusive and dangerous trade in horseflesh ends.

    Thanks guys…thanks so much!


  5. And where do you think the US is keeping a very, very large amount of bute-free horsemeat on the hoof? BLM holding pens. We must all keep watching them (BLM) and carrying on the fight to free the mustangs…


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