Banned veterinary drugs found in Canadian horse meat (video)

Canadian horse slaughter

Thousands of American horses flow over the north and south borders of the US to be processed as meat. Canadians need to demand that this atrocity be stopped. It is a good thing that news outlets, such as Global News Canada, are bringing the Canadian horse slaughter issue to light. ~ HfH

From: Global News Canada
By: Carmen Chai and Brennan Leffler

Canadian horse slaughterTORONTO – A 16×9 investigation into Canada’s horse meat industry has uncovered gaps in regulation that critics say allow meat into the food chain that is not fit for human consumption.

Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have identified a long list of commonly used veterinary drugs that have been banned for use in food-producing animals. Global News takes a look at some of the most common banned drugs administered to horses:

Phenylbutazone or PBZ, nitrofurazone and clenbuterol

One of the most frequent treatments is phenylbutazone – or PBZ. It’s a painkiller and anti-inflammatory used so often that it’s been dubbed “horse aspirin.”

PBZ was first marketed as a treatment for arthritis and gout in the United States in 1952. But within three years, links to potentially fatal blood disorders were discovered. As a result, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned PBZ for use in food-producing animals. The FDA says there are no safe levels of PBZ for human consumption.

In an Irish Veterinary Journal article published in 2010, PBZ is called “the most potent and effective pain relieving agent available in equine medicine.” But the authors warn, “The difficulty with Phenylbutazone is that it, or its metabolite, can cause aplastic anaemia in children. If a child were to consume an animal-based product containing even the minutest amount of bute or its metabolite then the child may develop plastic anaemia,” the article warned.

And recent research indicates it’s unclear how long it takes PBZ to leave the equine’s body, if ever. “Traces of PBZ will remain as a contaminant of horse meat in previously treated horses for a very long and as yet undetermined period of time,” according to an article published in the scientific journal Food and Chemical Toxicology in 2010.

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AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
  • Nancy Albin

    I am still in shock by our “World Leaders” that are suppose to protect people are still allowing this to happen there is no way that leaders etc. haven’t heard about the meds in horse meat !!!!! I mean this is sick!!!! But I will Have You Know BLM Round Ups are still very Active Here in Nevada’s Virginia Range… Business As Usual in fact it’s more Often… It is very rare to see a horse around here & if anybody say’s any different “They Are Liers” & they are more then welcome to come to my house & talk to me about it!

    March 8, 2014
  • Terra Pennington

    If any American horse is slaughter in Canada you can bet they are full of toxic drugs.. The USA does not have a tracking system to keep horses from entering into the food chain because we don’t eat and will not 99% of use will not go for a tracking system. So if you want to open up your borders to US horses then be warn that we do not see horses as food animals and the drugs we give them is to make them health and pain free…

    March 9, 2014
  • Margaret

    I was able to view the whole video THANK YOU CANADA! and it is as dismal as I thought.

    It was very powerful in its own way and we’ll done. Totally recommend EVERYONE sit and watch.

    March 10, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    bottom line is if it is in the food chain trust me we will eat it in USA & also our own food here sold in the market i think it’s like 23% of it is inspected so we are all gonna die if we don’t do something about this now!!! USDA label I wouldnt trust them for a minute!!! Our own Government will make a buck off of us … because of us hurt there own people … you bet they are

    March 11, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    Has anybody seen the BS that BLM is stating ..?? they are selling public land to Private owners any guesses “Cattle Ranchers big oil” & check this out they are fencing off the water from the Wild Horses here in Nevada! Laura Leigh is fighting so hard to where she is being threatened to be arrested I have the letters etc. She offered (with others) to build the horses shelter the ones in blm prison for horses for FREE & blm said NO! WTF! The round ups are being done on the what is now private owned land & the owners will not let the public on!! to take note on the round ups…. well i gotta tell ya ohuh I will go to jail & trespass for these Wild Horses they can’t keep me down forever!!!! I aint scared!!! of BLMs bullshit~!!!!!

    March 11, 2014
  • Nancy Albin

    oh & about us sending horses with pbs in it what is the difference of countries sending us Anthrax! seriously what is the difference???? riddle me that one Gov

    March 11, 2014