Minister: 8 horse carcasses tested positive for 'bute'

Agriculture Minister David Heath told the Commons that eight horse carcasses from the UK tested positive for the drug "bute" .

Although Mr Heath told MPs that three of those "may" have entered the human food chain in France, he later confirmed the figure was six.

A total of 206 horse carcasses were tested by the Food Standards Agency.

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