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Food: Horse-meat

Volume 715: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 2 November (WA 10), how much horse meat is used in the United Kingdom as pet food; and how much of that comes from horses slaughtered in the United Kingdom. [HL385]

Figures are not available on the quantity of horse-meat used in pet food in the United Kingdom. However, the Pet Food Manufacturers Association, whose member companies account for over 90 per cent of the UK market, state that they do not use horse-meat in their products. Under the EU Animal By-products Regulation, to be eligible for pet food, meat from horses must have come from horses slaughtered in a slaughterhouse and originate from animals passed as fit for human consumption.