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Holland meat recall in Europe

Holland has recalled 50,000 tonnes of meat sold as beef across Europe that may contain horsemeat, according to the Associated Press.

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What is the veterinary drug phenylbutazone or 'bute'?

Animals treated with the veterinary drug phenylbutazone - or 'bute' - are not allowed to enter the food chain as it may pose a risk to human health.

  • Bute was banned from use in humans after it was found that about 1 person in 30,000 recipients suffered a serious side effect.
  • Bute can cause rare cases of a serious blood disorder, aplastic anaemia.
  • In levels reported in previous FSA testing of contaminated meat, the maximum level found would have to be multiplied a thousand-fold to be at the same level as which used to be given to humans.
  • It suggests that even if someone eats contaminated meat, the risk of damage to their health is very low.

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