The Food Standards Agency will be reducing the additional sampling for Phenylbutazone (PBZ) with the changes to take effect from 23 February 2015.

Sampling will reduce from 100% of all equines slaughtered for human consumption to 5% random sampling. The FSA will also undertake intelligence led sampling where required. The positive release system will remain in place ensuring that carcases tested for PBZ, will remain detained until a negative test result is received.  If a positive test result is received, the carcase and all body parts for human consumption will be disposed of as per the ABP regulations.