Drugs Reflect Food-Safety Concerns in Horse Slaughter Debate

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Source: By Josh Long as published at Food Product Design

“During the first part of their lives, nobody has any thought these horses are going to be steak,”

SANTA FE, N.M.—A letter from Zachary Shandler, a New Mexico Assistant Attorney General, highlights another challenge Valley Meat Co. faces in its controversial quest to lawfully slaughter horses.

It must ensure that horses destined for the slaughterhouse have not been treated with drugs that are considered harmful to human health and deemed “adulterated” in violation of federal and state laws. If horse meat was found to be adulterated, the New Mexico Food Act would prevent the meat from being manufactured, sold or delivered, Shandler wrote in a June 10 letter to Richard Martinez, a New Mexico state senator.

The New Mexico Food Act classifies a food as adulterated “if it bears or contains any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render it…

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