There are a number of veterinary drugs that when used, exclude an equine from the human food chain. These range from the common (for example,  Phenylbutazone or ‘Bute’) to the more specific and rare.

Once excluded from the food chain, an equine can never re-enter it. 

The latest list of controlled drugs can be found here.

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