Horse meat

 
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Code: f321
Latin name: Equus spp.
Source material: Raw meat.
Horse meat is often included in meat products and may also appear on restaurant menues as beef.

Allergen Exposure

Unexpected exposure
Undeclared ingredient in meat products.
Sometimes served as beef in restaurants.

Clinical Experience

IgE-mediated reactions
In a study of beef skin test positive atopic children six out of 12 children were also positive to horse meat.
 
Review
Horse meat was commonly eaten during the early history of the domesticated horse but its use decreased during the Roman era and has almost ceased during Christian time. Today horse meat is eaten mainly in France, Italy, Spain and on Iceland. However, horse meat is often included in meat products and may also appear on restaurant menues as beef. Six out of 12 beef skin test positive atopic children where also positive to horse meat (1).

References

  1. Fiocci, A; Restani, P; Riva, E; Bruni, P; Santini, I; Galeone, M; Galli, C; Velona, T. Spt to different meats and serum albumins inatopic, beef spt-positive children. Allergy;1995; 26; 50 suppl: 63.

 

As in all diagnostic testing, the diagnosis is made by the physican based on both test results and the patient history.