New article “Detection of Toxoplasma gondii DNA in horse meat from supermarkets in France and performance evaluation of two serological tests".

This article takes a closer look at the horsemeat sold in French supermarkets.

The authors of this article, Abdelkrim Aroussi, Philippe Vignoles, François Dalmay, Laurence Wimel, Marie-Laure Dardé, Aurélien Mercier and Daniel Ajzenberg.

Abstract

“In France, some cases of severe toxoplasmosis have been linked to consumption of horse meat imported from the American continent where atypical strains of Toxoplasma gondii are more common than in Europe. Many seroprevalence studies are available in the literature but risk assessment of T. gondii infection related to horse meat consumption is not possible because of the absence of validated of serological tests and the unknown correlation between detection of antibodies against T. gondii and presence of tissue cysts.”

To be clear: to avoid any risk of toxoplasmosis, it’s recommended to cook horsemeat thoroughly.
A warning to those who like their meat rare.

Open Access

Detection of Toxoplasma gondii DNA in horse meat from supermarkets in France and performance evaluation of two serological tests
Abdelkrim Aroussi et al.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1051/parasite/2015014