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South Africa imported 80 tonnes of horse meat in 2017, up by 51 percent year-on-year. The key supplier was identified as Brazil. Of the imported horse meat, only 5 tonnes was re-exported to the Maldives and Swaziland, the rest appears to have been utilised within the country.

Looking at trade data, it is unclear whether this was for animal or human consumption.

From a global front, the key importers of horse meat are Italy, Belgium, France, Russia, Vietnam, China and Japan. The leading exporters are Argentina, Canada, Spain, Portugal and Poland amongst others.

Note: Data source: Trade Map, HS code is 0205 (Description – Meat of horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled or frozen)

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