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FSA: No horsemeat drug fears

The Food Standards Agency has dismissed claims from Labour that a potentially carcinogenic horse drug 'bute' may have entered the human food chain in horsemeat.

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Several horses 'tested positive' for cancer-causing drug

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."

Shadow Environment Secretary, Mary Creagh Credit: Press Assocation

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