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AG against horsemeat

June 12, 2013 • Local News

A statement made by New Mexico Attorney General Gary King, Monday, that claimed horsemeat processing within the state was illegal, was nothing more than an opinion and ultimately holds no legal weight, his spokesman said Tuesday.

“His opinion does not carry the force of law in New Mexico,” said Attorney spokesman Phil Sisneros. “No AG’s does.”

But the fact that King—a Democrat— faces leaving office next year and plans to run for governor may be key in his decision to continue public opinions on the national issue of Valley Meat Co.’s plans.

King said in the statement: “Our legal analysis concludes that state law does not allow for production of meat that is chemically tainted under federal regulations. New Mexico law is very clear that it would be prohibited and illegal.”

The plant has become a lightning rod for politicians across the country. National and state leaders have thrown down on the issue in an attempt to halt the practice before it starts, while owner Rick De Los Santos continues to wait for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to approve its permit for inspection.

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