April 9, 2013 / 6:39 PM / 5 years ago

Britain's Asda says finds horse drug in corned beef

LONDON, April 9 (Reuters) - British supermarket chain Asda said on Tuesday very low levels of the horse pain-killing drug phenylbutazone, also known as bute, had been found in tins of corned beef in the first such case in Britain.

In a statement, Asda, the British arm of the U.S. retailing giant Wal-Mart, said Britain’s Food Standards Agency had given assurance that the level of the drug, which is banned from entering the human food chain, posed a low risk to human health.

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