In a Feb. 14 blog post for the American Meat Institute, Griffin says meat inspection oversight and U.S. labeling laws are strictly enforced, providing significant barriers to any questionable misbranding.
"Federal inspectors monitor products during processing, handling, and packaging to ensure that they are safe and accurately labeled," Griffin points out. "Federal inspectors have the authority to shut plants down for food safety violations, by withholding the federal inspection mark on products."
Import restrictions on EU beef and beef products due to BSE concerns are another key reason why horsemeat won't end up in U.S. supply, Griffin says. While countries that do export beef to the U.S. – like Canada or Mexico – have limited horse slaughter, the horse meat in those nations costs more than beef.
"There is no economic incentive to violate federal rules and add [horsemeat] to another product without a declaration," Griffin writes.
Griffin adds that speculations about the EU meat scandal "simply aren't rooted in the reality of the U.S. meat production system."