Chief medical officer: 'Bute' poses 'very low' risk

Chief Medical Officer Professor Dame Sally Davies has previously said that 'bute' poses only a very low risk to humans. She said:

Horse meat containing phenylbutazone presents a very low risk to human health.

'Phenylbutazone, known as bute, is a commonly used medicine in horses. It is also prescribed to some patients who are suffering from a severe form of arthritis.

The levels of bute that have previously been found in horse carcasses mean that a person would have to eat 500 - 600 one hundred per cent horsemeat burgers a day to get close to consuming a human's daily dose.

And it passes through the system fairly quickly, so it is unlikely to build up in our bodies.

– Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer

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