Horse Meat Sales Increase in Iceland

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Horse Meat Sales Increase in Iceland

Domestic sales of meat increased in Iceland in 2012, the second highest on record after 2007. The biggest increase was in sales of horse meat, or 36.8 percent. 

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From a horse round-up. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Of the 24,865 tons of meat sold in 2012, poultry accounted for 7,800 tons, a year-over-year increase of 10.7 percent. Lamb made up 6,659 tons, an increase of 11.5 percent. Pork was the third highest-selling meat with sales of 5,612 tons, a decrease of 4.1 percent, followed by beef with 4,110 tons, an increase of 6.6 percent, and horse meat with 682 tons.

As reported, exports of lamb to some EU countries such as Spain have plummeted due to the economic crisis.

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