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Budget would cut horsemeat inspections

April 13, 2013 • Local News

Tucked inside President Barack Obama’s 1,500-page budget is an item that would quickly reverse a federal action to reinstate horse slaughter in the U.S.

The move may have effectively halted the permitting of Roswell-based Valley Meat Co. by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The company expected to get the go-ahead to begin processing at the end of this month.

“It’s frustrating,” said A. Blair Dunn, attorney for Valley Meat Co.’s owner Rick De Los Santos.

Valley Meat Co. filed for a permit from the USDA for a grant of inspection in March 2012. The company then filed suit against the agency and its Food Safety and Inspection Service last fall for not allowing inspection services to move forward.

“This is just more of the same,” Dunn said. “(The USDA) has avoided doing their job and are Login to read more

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