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Valley Meat: Feds may allow horse slaughter

March 1, 2013 • Local News

The attorney for Valley Meat Co. said Friday that the local slaughterhouse may soon be able to start processing horse meat, as government officials have indicated it may receive a grant of inspection.

For more than a year, Valley Meat Co. has had an application pending with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service to begin slaughtering horses for human consumption.

In October, owner Rick De Los Santos filed a lawsuit against the USDA, alleging it failed to comply with federal laws and provide equine inspection services at the facility. A. Blair Dunn, attorney for Valley Meat Co., said the USDA originally had 60 days to respond to the Login to read more

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