UK: Horse drug may have entered human food chain

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LONDON (AP) — The British government says three horse carcasses that tested positive for the equine drug bute may have entered the human food chain in France.

Environment Minister David Heath told the House of Commons on Thursday that eight horses from British abattoirs had tested positive for bute, and three may have entered the human food chain in France.

Bute is a painkiller used on horses and is considered harmful to human health if ingested.

Authorities across Europe are testing for the drug after horsemeat was found in food products labeled as beef.

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