Earlier this year, headlines broke the news about horsemeat being passed off as beef in Europe. This European horsemeat scandal had U.S. consumers wondering, "Should we be worried about this? Could horsemeat make its way into our food without us knowing it?"
Not to worry, says Best Food Facts expert H. Scott Hurd, DVM, PhD, Associate Professor of Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, Iowa State University. On a recent episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Dr. Hurd said, "There's not a chance it could happen in the United States."
H. Scott Hurd, DVM, PhD
Click the links below to hear Dr. Hurd explain the meat inspection processes in the United States.
As Dr. Hurd explained, the meat inspection processes in the United States are very thorough and are designed to ensure the safety of our food supply. And, as a result of the horse meat scandal in Europe, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service recently announced it would increase tests for horse meat when imports come into the United States.
Based on this information, how sure are you about whether horse meat could enter our food supply?