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Toxic Irish horse meat ending up in European restaurants

The meat of unwanted pet ponies and even former racehorses is being sent from Ireland to end up in restaurants across Europe despite being unfit for human consumption.

It has been claimed that every week, up to 1,000 old, sick and crippled horses are ending up on the plates of diners in France and Italy despite much of the meat being toxic to humans.

Animal investigators have said criminal gangs, who advertise on the internet for unwanted horses, are shipping the Irish horsemeat across the channel making millions out of the dangerous operation.

“None of these animals is fit for human consumption,” a source told the Daily Mirror. “Most of them have been medicated with phenylbutazone for pain and inflammation and their flesh is effectively toxic.

"This drug has been found to cause leukaemia in children.”

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