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Police raid results in the arrest of a horse slaughter kingpin


The Miami-Dade Police Department, State Attorney, and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service have managed to get on the inside of the lucrative black market for horse meat for human consumption that has long played out in the shadows of South Florida’s backroads. A raid Friday carried out by the Miami Date police succeeded in… Continue Reading

Another search for elusive answers in Roswell, NM

The West is full of monuments from Tucson to Mountain Meadows of famous shoot-outs and massacres that usually brought nothing more that pyrrhic victories for one side. On that basis, it’s time to erect another of those roadside plaques at the site of the former Valley Meat Co. outside of Roswell, NM. It’s the location… Continue Reading

Bills to Ban Horse Slaughter Introduced in Congress


On Friday, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill in Congress to ban horse slaughter. The John Rainey Memorial Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act would alter the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act so that all horse parts are deemed unsafe. In addition, it would prohibit the export of U.S. horse meat and… Continue Reading

Funding Package Inches Forward

Senate to debate bill after narrow House passage


Unsure whether the congressional spending package referred to by many in Washington, D.C., as the “cromnibus” had enough votes to pass, House GOP leaders delayed a final vote Thursday afternoon, but, after 9 p.m., they managed to pass the bill 219-206. In order to keep the government from shutting down while the Senate debates the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act… Continue Reading

New Food Police Unit Coming Soon to the UK


An independent report suggesting that the United Kingdom needs a special food police unit uses the Danes and the Dutch as examples and not the United States, where more than a dozen food industry executives this year have been subjected to investigations resulting in felony criminal charges. Professor Chris Elliott from Queen’s University Belfast is… Continue Reading

Chinese Chicken, Horse Slaughter Amendments Added to House Ag Appropriations Bill


School nutrition standards were the central focus of Thursday’s House Appropriations Committee markup. Democrats attempted to remove a provision from the agriculture appropriations bill that will give certain schools a waiver on compliance with nutrition standards. After an hour of debate, the amendment introduced by the subcommittee’s ranking member, U.S. Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA), to… Continue Reading

Senate Committee Approves Amendments Banning Horse Slaughter, Labeling GE Salmon


Two amendments added to the Senate agriculture appropriations bill on Thursday deal with horse slaughter and genetically modified salmon. U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) introduced an amendment during the full committee markup that would ban horse slaughter, calling it both a health and a budget issue. “We should not be stretching already tight budgets …… Continue Reading

Attempt in Canadian Parliament to Limit Horse Slaughter Doesn’t Make It


Private member’s bills don’t usually make it through the Canadian Parliament, and Bill C-571 to amend the federal Meat Inspection Act and the Safe Food for Canadians Act to limit horse slaughter for human consumption has come up short. British Columbia Member of Parliament Alex Atamanenko saw his private member’s bill fail to pass May… Continue Reading

Canada’s Parliament Considers Bill Limiting Horse Slaughter


The most recent ban on equine inspections by USDA meat inspectors has moved the horse slaughter debate up to Canada’s House of Commons. A Member of Parliament (MP) from southeastern British Columbia hopes that a final hour of debate next month can persuade the country’s federal lawmakers to pass his bill limiting slaughter only to… Continue Reading

Dutch Food Safety Authority Stops Beef Exports Containing Horsemeat


HACCPEuropa reports that the Dutch Food Safety Authority NVWA has found horsemeat in shipments of beef from Van Hattern Vlees company in Dodewaard. NVWA reportedly stopped the sale of 690 tons of beef from being sold at supermarket chains and from being exported. Company records are apparently unclear about which consignments contain horsemeat and how… Continue Reading