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Horse meat and “bute”

February 14, 2013

Many discussions on the possible effects of this equine medicine (phenylbutazone (bute), an anti-inflammatory painkiller used to treat horses) in the media recently.

Unsurprisingly, there has been some panic expressed from certain individuals since, when this was used as a medicine for humans, some patients experienced unpleasant side-effects.

However, to set the record scientifically straight, data this morning from the FSA (I think) was expressed in easy to understand terms. At the level of contamination of ‘bute’ found in those samples of horsemeat (usually ex-racehorses) tested to date, a person would have to eat 500-600 large pure horsemeat burgers every day to reach the same dose as was used on humans.

Does that make you feel better?


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