BURGERS containing horse meat could have been made from "diseased or injured animals", say environmental health experts in the UK.
Health concerns have been raised by the Society of Chief Officers of Environmental Health in Scotland over the safety of the beef burgers found to contain horse meat.
John Sleith, chairman of the organisation, said there was "no way of telling whether the meat is safe" because these burgers had bypassed official inspection.
He continued: "There is no information on how the horse meat came to be in the burgers, so there is no way of telling whether the meat is safe to eat – it could be from diseased or injured animals.
"If it hasn't come through the official inspection system, then there is no confidence that it is harmless."