Should the UK consume horse meat to help improve horse welfare?

15th November 2013

In response to Princess Anne’s comments that the UK should consider consuming horse meat, as a means to improving horse welfare, the Institute of Food Research has this comment:

“With a robust system of provenance and traceability (which covers administration of medications), from a microbiological safety point of view, we can see no reason why eating horsemeat should not be considered safe.  Nutritionally, horse meat is similar to beef.”