Will Americans Be Eating Horsemeat?: Fed Officials Approve Horse Slaughterhouse in N.M., Iowa, Missouri To FollowSubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 06/28/2013 - 20:28
Will Americans Be Eating Horsemeat?: Fed Officials Approve Horse Slaughterhouse in N.M., Iowa, Missouri To Follow
JERI CLAUSING 3 hours ago
PoliticsUnited States Department of AgricultureUnited States Congress
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Federal officials cleared the way Friday for a return to domestic horse slaughter, granting a southeastern New Mexico company's application to convert its cattle facility into a horse processing plant.
In approving Valley Meat Co.'s plans to produce horse meat, Department of Agriculture officials also indicated they would grant similar permits to companies in Iowa and Missouri as early as next week.
With the action, the Roswell, N.M., company becomes the first operation in the nation licensed to process horses into meat since Congress effectively banned the practice seven years ago.