A report out of London on Monday reveals the British government has been processing beef from cattle infected with bovine tuberculosis and selling the meat to the country’s hospitals and military.
According to Fox News, British caterers and food processors purchase beef from roughly 28,000 cows infected with bovine TB each year. Although meat for cattle infected with the disease is prohibited by restaurants and most grocery stores, the government approves the meat for consumption by the military and in schools and hospitals.
The Mirror reports the British government is selling the meat to offset costs associated with compensating farmers for slaughtering infected cattle. The government has paid £165.7million for infected cattle, but has received as much as £10million each year by selling the infected meat over the past six years.
According to UPI, Britain’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says the meat is tested and the meat poses little to no risk for human consumption if it is properly prepared.
The government admitted to selling the tainted beef following a report by the Sunday Times.