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Horsemeat is ever more popular in Salzburg

The State Horse Breeding Association (Landes-Pferdezuchtverband) confirmed that the demand for horsemeat in Salzburg has increased in the last few years.

This is due to more information about the fact that the consummation of horsemeat is no longer a taboo.

Consumers appreciate the nutritious meat, said Johann Wieser, Managing Director of the State Horse Breeding Association. Horsemeat is not only low in fat and cholesterol, but also rich in iron and calcium.

"We have been observing, that the number of horses, which were exported to Italy in the past, is decreasing. Now there is only a fractional number of the figures of the years 2004/2005."

Leonhard Rettenbacher, restaurateur from Russbach, Tennengau (Salzburg) confirms the trend to eat horsemeat. Every day there are two dishes containing this meat on the menu. Mr Rettenbacher buys it directly from a farmer in the Lammertal region.

"In our restaurant we sell about 1,000 kilos of horsemeat, 1,000 kilos of lamb and 1,000 kilos of venison. At the moment it is going really well.", says the restaurateur.

As horses are increasingly bought directly from the farmers, they do not need to be sold abroad. This has a positive effect on the proceeds of the farmers, said Wieser.

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