BUSINESS
02/25/2013 12:18 pm ET

Elisa Technologies, Horse Meat-Testing Company, Sees Huge Boost In Demand Thanks To Scandal

At least one business is happy about the horse meat scandal.

Workers at Elisa Technologies, based in Gainesville, Fla., say they’ve received nearly 1,000 requests in recent weeks for their $500 horse meat-testing kit, the only validated test for horse meat in food, NBC News reports. That number is up from zero requests for tests a month ago, and some of the kit orders are even coming from U.S. meat producers, staffers told NBC.

Despite the interest in the tests -- and the fact that the horse meat scandal has hit companies that sell food in America like Nestle and Burger King -- U.S. meat eaters shouldn’t be too worried: The U.S. doesn’t slaughter or bring in horse meat from other countries, according to ABC News.

Europe is a different story. The region has been reeling after tests found horse DNA in “beef” products ranging from burgers to lasagne to pizza. The stunning revelation has resulted in arrests in the U.K. as well as a push from European officials, including French President Francois Hollande, for stricter labeling rules.

Some Europeans have even cut back on their meat consumption, concerned that they’re actually eating horse when they should be eating beef.

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