BELGIUM, Brussels. The European Commission (EC) has again been urged to ban EU imports of Canadian horsemeat, following a report which raised fears about the meat’s safety for human consumption.
The latest report by the EC’s Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) questioned the reliability of controls on horses slaughtered in Canada for export of horsemeat to the EU. It could not be guaranteed that horses – particularly those exported from the US – had not been treated with illegal substances during the six months before slaughter.
Similar traceability concerns led the EU to suspend imports of horsemeat from Mexico– particularly with respect to horses of US origin – in December 2014.