February 23rd, 2013
12:34 PM ET

French minister: Tainted horse meat has likely been eaten

Three horse carcasses tainted with a veterinary drug harmful to humans have "probably" entered the food chain, France's agriculture minister confirmed Saturday.

The three carcasses are among six flagged up by UK authorities earlier this month as having tested positive for the drug phenylbutazone, also known as bute, after they were shipped to France.

The faint traces of bute found in these carcasses "do not pose a risk to health," Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said.

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  1. 1608®

    That should make everyone feel much better.

    February 23, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    yes@1608. Horse meat and then tainted too.

    February 23, 2013 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fernace

    Good time to become a vegetarian!!

    February 23, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BOMBO

    Whatever doesn't kill you can only make you stronger.

    February 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 1608

    Okay so what do we have that wont kill us? what ever it is,is in short supply and someone will find a way to that up.
    No disrespect just askin.

    February 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO

    The lab report, when it came back, was it in a standard boring format, or did it say, well,

    a horse is a horse of course, of course,

    February 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Stating the Obvious

    Depends on if it is a talking horse. What, you never heard of a talking horse ?

    February 23, 2013 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wut

    Those horses probably got tainted on purpose. Yeah. We see them rollin. We hatin.

    February 23, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    Ummm Mr.Ed @ stating the obvious? Lol @ banasy, sounds as if theyre still having it their *neighhh* over there huh?

    February 23, 2013 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. stuart


    February 24, 2013 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |