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A drug with cancer-causing potential might have entered the food chain through horse meat slaughtered in UK abattoirs, Labour has claimed. Two batches of beef burgers contaminated with horse DNA were produced at a food factory in North Yorkshire.

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Several horses 'tested positive' for cancer-causing drug

Shadow Environment Secretary, Mary Creagh Credit: PA

Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh said:

"I am in receipt of evidence showing that several horses slaughtered in UK abattoirs last year tested positive for phenylbutazone, or bute, a drug which causes cancer in humans and is banned from the human food chain. It is possible that those animals entered the human food chain."

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