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Horse meat scandal, can it happen here?

7:35 PM, Feb 19, 2013   |    comments
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SOLON --  Nestle USA's Solon plant employs 7,000 people.  It's one of nine processing facilities in the U.S. and inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In a statement relating to what happened to their European counterpart, Nestle SA, they say they are confident that no foods sold by Nestle USA are affected.

"Nestle USA does not use meat sourced from Europe. USDA meat inspectors are in all processing plants and also have responsibility to oversee any imported meat. We received confirmation from all our meat suppliers that they do not provide Nestlé USA with any meat from the affected countries and companies."

According to a USDA spokesman, the U.S. Federal Meat Inspection Act requires a USDA inspector be present at all 6,200 American slaughterhouses to ensure that carcasses are not diseased, unclean or mislabeled.

USDA inspectors are at all ports of entry to the United states and randomly check samples of imported beef and poultry.

Any foreign country exporting meat to the U.S. must have a meat and poultry food regulatory system equivalent to U.S. standards and are subject to USDA annual inspections.

Horse meat looks like beef and tastes slightly different but eating will not make you sick if it came from a healthy animal.  It's just culturally inappropriate and fraudulant to sell something labeled as something else.

 

 

 

 

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