Horsemeat found in United States.

Long suspected but never proven until now, we have confirmation that the meat you are eating is not what you think. Even worse, there is a chance that you just ate horsemeat. Not in Europe, not in Mexico, but right here in the good ol’ USA, horsemeat DNA was found in “ground beef.” This is no longer just a suspected possibility. It’s proven.

There are few things worse than eating an animal you love, except when you do it because you were lied to by horse-hating, money grubbing companies who will do anything to make an extra buck. Any company or organization that promotes the slaughter of horses, any company that is involved in the storage, handling, and transportation of horses to slaughter, and any Federal Office of Whatever than turns a blind eye to the slaughter of horses is at fault for the complete corruption of our food supply.

Note that the only product that was tested was ground meat sold at retail and online. Think about all those other items you purchased in the store that say they contain chicken or “100% Angus Beef.” Do we continue to close our eyes and believe what’s written on the package? Do we really trust our food inspection system?

The trust is gone.

http://equinewelfarealliance.org/uploads/Horsemeat_In_US_Food_Chain_-_Kane_Hellberg_2015.pdf

Here are a few article links:

http://www.moneytalksnews.com/horsemeat-found-other-ground-meat-sold/

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/you-may-not-be-eating-meat-you-think-study.html

http://phys.org/news/2015-08-meat-species-mislabeling-commercial-products.html

http://www.foodqualitynews.com/R-D/Reasons-behind-mislabelled-meat-findings-vary-researchers

AUTHOR: Amber Barnes
24 Comments
  • Daryl

    I hate getting this news, most of the horses around here are private and get meds when they are sick, so we can be eating tainted meat, not good for some one who has allergy’s like I do, and so many others. time for them to clean up their act .

    August 23, 2015
  • Sue

    Companies are now sending whole frozen chickens to China to cut up into “nuggets.” I suspect those will contain dog meat.

    August 23, 2015
  • Allison Arthur

    Thank God I’m a vegetarian!!!! But I have family who are meat eaters so how can they release these study results without saying where they obtained these meats from?! That’s irresponsible!

    August 23, 2015
    • Daniel Cordero

      The article was for a doctoral thesis, enforcement of laws is out of its scope and it is up to USDA and FDA to do so and clean up their acts.

      The truth is that, given the complexities of the food supply chain, the fraud that is inherent to the meat industry (that’s why USDA was created at the beginning of the 20th century), and the fact we live in a globalized world where there are no borders for commodities, it was only a question of time before horsemeat showed up in US meat products.

      There is only a way to fix this: ban horse slaughter; get the SAFE Act passed.

      August 23, 2015
      • Allison Arthur

        Daniel you wrote “this article was for a doctoral thesis” yet there’s more than 1 article here. And a thesis is an idea or hypothesis put forth to be proven. It sounds to me from reading the several articles linked here by the author that this is not a hypothesis or a “thesis” but an actual proven study with factual evidence and proof! Horse meat has made it into the American food supply and it was a proven fact! And it is extremely irresponsible of the researchers at Chapman University who conducted this study and reported their findings to report only half of their findings and to not alert the American meat eating consumers and the USDA whi they took their samples from that tested positive for horse meat! And that’s a fact! Not a thesis!

        And believe me, I do absolutely agree that horse slaughter must be banned immediately! And the SAFE Act must be passed ASAP!!! If the legal jargon is to claim that the innocent horses being exported for slaughter or could again be potentially slaughtered here on Anerican soil is not right due to “banned substances” in the horses than by all means let’s get Congress to pass the SAFE Act now!!!! But ultimately who cares about the banned substances?! Horses matter too and are not food!!!!

        August 23, 2015
        • Daniel Cordero

          Perhaps the author tried to avoid legal liability / conflicts with the distributor. At any rate, I this is just a small sample and I am absolutely sure that fraud is actually much more bigger.

          August 24, 2015
  • Gail Wiot

    I quit eatting meat ions ago. Who were the lu ky stores involved in this illegal transaction? Just terrible!!! Who fell down on the job? Do people have to buy products and have them DNA tested themselves??? Why are we paying the USDA???

    August 23, 2015
  • Margaret

    I’m back to wanting a simple at home test kit that can tell me that my chicken is that. Or my sausage is pork.

    Anybody know where I can purchase such a thing?

    August 23, 2015
    • Daniel Cordero

      There is no device to do this. The techniques involved in the thesis are actually quite complex and require advanced biochemical knowledge and state of the art lab equipment.

      August 23, 2015
  • Robynne Catheron

    It was only a matter of time. This sickens me, even though I’m vegetarian. If I’m not mistaken, Congress just voted and passed the country of origin law (COOL). If enough Americans cared where there meat came from, and cared enough to call their legislators to urge them to vote for the labeling,it may have prevented this from happening.

    Now, maybe more Americans will take five minutes to pick up the phone and call their Congressmembers, and urge them to co-sponsor the SAFE Act (S.1214 or HR1942). Stopping American horses from being slaughtered and their transportation across the borders to slaughter will go a long way toward preventing horse meat from ever being sold in America, even accidentally.

    It’s our own fault. Pick up the phone and make the call!

    August 23, 2015
  • We need to know what store was selling this, the brand, and a complete boycott!! A petition would be nice, too!!

    August 23, 2015
    • Jean

      Edna, the same thought came to mind. I’d like to know which food stores/chains are selling this product, and what packing houses are adding horse meat. The House just passed a bill taking the country of origin off meat packages, the senate still has to vote. We won’t know where a meat product came from. The government seems to be yanking away all food safeguards.

      August 24, 2015
    • Daniel Cordero

      It would be far more effective to call your federal legislators and demand them to pass the SAFE Act.

      As a matter of fact, the author of the thesis incorrectly thought the AHSPA was passed in 2007 and that horse slaughter is illegal at federal level. It actually isn’t and horses continue going through the borders. That’s were we should act. Removing their ability to slaughter US horses, to begin with.

      August 24, 2015
  • Margo Nielsen

    I agree with Robynne Catheron and will add that
    I shared this on my FB page with the comment:
    “Think horse slaughter doesn’t affect you because you’re not “into horses”? Think again!

    August 23, 2015
  • MS

    To think that THEY sneaked the meat in, making you think you’re eating what’s on the label. How low can you sink! — how desperate can one be! — WHY? — what’s more, how is your desperation justified! WHY SO DESPERATE? If you answer, “money” I’ll fall out of my chair. If you get caught, if you get sued, it’ll cost you big time — so why do it?!

    August 23, 2015
    • Margo Nielsen

      In Europe, when horse meat was found mixed in with beef, they traced it to the suppliers which have ties to organized crime. Buyers for manufacturers of frozen meals and meat patties just assumed it was beef they were buying because Europe has pretty tight regulations in their food chain. The horse meat DNA was discovered in big name frozen products in very popular stores, so there must have been a slip up in inspections somewhere along the line.
      Here in the US, adulteration of foods is likely to be more prevalent because our inspection system and safety measures have been starved for funds to operate and have enough inspectors on the ground due to the attempt to shrink the government oversight and privatize government functions. As we move towards a self-policing society, we are increasingly relying on companies and industries expecting us to take their word for it that their products are what they say they are. The line between corporate responsibility and organized criminal activity is a thin line indeed, and invisible to most of us. Yes… it IS all about money!

      August 23, 2015
      • Daniel Cordero

        Knowing how the industry operates overall, how DG-SANTE (EU top food safety authority) works internally and its reliance on the food safety authorities of each member country -which of course often have opposite interests- even if EU standars are better than US ones, in practice those are only observed at highly bureaucratic levels. It doesn’t matter if the industry is regulated under stronger laws, since it always operates on the premises of systemic fraud and violation of those laws, either stronger or not. There is no way to make it adhere to laws, make it transparent, or even humane, for that matter.

        History has proven time and again that self-policing, de-regulation and “laissez-faire” do not work. Here is an example: The Great Depression; heres is another: The 2007 Subprime Wall Street Crisis. As a matter of fact, behind every economical crisis, assent inflation bubble, fraud escandal, etc… there is always the same component involved: de-regulation and self-policing.

        But what really will rack your brains are these facts:

        If EU + Switzerland comprised 80% of th export market share for Mexican horse meat and taking into account there were no noticeable decreases in the number of horses going thru the Mexican border, where is all that meat going?

        Given that Americans do not nor do not want to eat horsemeat, why US is the fifth largest importer of Canadian horsemeat, according to the Canadian Statistics Bureau, with nearly 2.5 million pounds imported in 2014 alone? Think about it.

        August 24, 2015
        • Robynne Catheron

          Russia, Asia. Big importers of horse meat.

          August 24, 2015
          • Daniel Cordero

            The importance of Russia and Asian countries is usually overstated.

            According to external trade figures released by the Mexican Ministry of Economy, exports to Russia, Vietnam and Japan (the only three remaining trading parterns for Mexican horsemeat) remain fairly stable and in some cases (Russia) have actually shrunk. The devaluation of the ruble plus the fact that they remain loyal to their traditional suppliers (e.g. Argentina, Uruguay, Mongonlia) have much to do with exports to Russia not building up at all.

            So there is only a 20% of the former export market share for Mexican horsemeat; unless they are shipping the meat illegally or passing it off as something else.

            August 25, 2015
  • Marilyn Wilson

    Good to see you Daniel, thanks for the information, some of us have been wondering the same. I’ve read that the Belgians have a headquarters in Kaufman, Tx and import large amounts from from MX but no one has discovered where it’s going. And how can it be traveling from MX thru the Port of Houston to Kaufman TX without breaking the 1949 TX law, unless it’s destined for zoo’s.

    August 24, 2015
    • Daniel Cordero

      It is a front company owned by Visser van Walsum, located in a residential area, so there’s no real business at all.

      As far as we know, the meat does not apparently leave the Houston Port and interns into Texas. It usually loaded in cargo ships in Mexico that make a call in Houston and also in New Orleans and Charleston and from there go to all major European ports, but nevertheless those shipments are illegal since state laws also apply to docked ships.

      The real activities and purposes of that front company are unknown.

      August 25, 2015