As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are not issued until a company has been given months to years to correct problems.

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An animal food firm in Colorado is on notice from the FDA after an inspection of its animal food manufacturing facility. The inspection was conducted as part of an FDA investigation

Continue Reading Animal food firm warned by FDA after being implicated in outbreak that killed 52 horses

A lengthy joint resolution in the Wyoming House calls upon Congress to bring back equine slaughter and processing for markets outside the United States. Wyoming is offering the resolution as a “best management practice” for all those wild mustangs that roam and breed with little effective management throughout the Cowboy State.

By offering the solution to Wyoming’s wild mustang problem, the usual sides are lining up. Wyoming’s Park County Commissioner Lee Livingston sees equine slaughter as “practical and humane.” Grace Kuhn, speaking for the American Wild Horse Campaign, said it’s “impractical and inhumane.”

The slaughter of horses for human food

Continue Reading Are there enough wild horses to bring back equine slaughter for human food?

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is urging everyone to continue to protect themselves from mosquito bites now that six horses in Northwestern Wisconsin have tested positive for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), caused by the EEE virus, since late July.

The EEE virus can be spread to humans, horses, and other animals through the bite of an infected mosquito.

Mosquitoes acquire the EEE virus by feeding on infected birds. The virus is not spread person to person or directly between animals and humans. The presence of EEE positive horses in the state confirms that there are mosquitoes in the
Continue Reading Horses test positive for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus in Wisconsin

Officials are advising that mare’s milk should be heat treated to kill Brucella, despite the low risk of brucellosis in Germany.

The joint opinion from Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI) assessed to what extent brucellosis infection can occur in horses in Germany and other brucellosis-free countries. They looked at if it is excreted by infected horses through milk and how to classify the risk of infection from non-heat treated horse milk.

BfR and FLI said the risk of brucellosis from consuming non-heat treated horse milk is low. Because other pathogens can be present, the BfR advises
Continue Reading Brucella in raw mare’s milk rare in Germany, but heat treatment still advised

Murphy Farm Hay and Feed Company of Louisburg, NC, has recalled some alfalfa hay due to potential blister beetle contamination. The product was offered for sale to consumers at the following two retail locations: Murphy Farm Hay and Feed in Louisburg, NC, and Jones Farm Hay and Feed in Middlesex, NC. A sample of the potentially contaminated hay tested positive for cantharidin, a poisonous substance found in blister beetles, and is suspected in the deaths of six horses. While cattle, goats and sheep may also be affected by cantharidin, horses are more susceptible to the toxin than ruminants. Horses with hay baleOfficials from
Continue Reading NC Company Recalls Potentially Beetle-Contaminated Hay After Six Horses Die

New Mexico’s Valley Meat Co. is appealing a state fine of $86,400 for improper disposal of composted cattle remains. Valley Meat gained notoriety earlier this year when it applied to USDA for equine inspection services to open a horse slaughter facility for export at its closed beef plant near Roswell, NM. The New Mexico Environment Department issued a compliance order Aug 2, citing Valley Meat for failure to register as a compositing facility for property located near the slaughterhouse, and for failing to properly dispose of solid waste. Valley Meat received the order and notice about the fine by e-mail
Continue Reading Valley Meats Disputes State Fine For Improper Cow Disposal

Equine inspections will be back on the menu at USDA by the end of the year, according to Al Almanza, administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

On Saturday, Almanza told the Texas-based Southwest Meat Association, meeting in San Antonio, that USDA will be ready to inspect plants that slaughter horses for human consumption by the end of the year.

The San Antonio Express-News quoted Almanza as saying FSIS had two applications for equine inspection at slaughter plants that “wanted to get started as soon as possible.”

Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, NM and Unified Equine, which has
Continue Reading USDA Ready to Inspect Horse Slaughter By Year End

A House committee vote may have closed the barn door before horse slaughter will ever be resumed in the United States. The powerful Appropriations Committee has by voice vote agreed to again ban federal funding for USDA inspections of horse slaughter facilities. In a deal last year, President Obama and Congress agreed to lift that ban, an action that had led to proposals for horse slaughter facilities in Missouri and New Mexico. The ban comes in the form of a successful amendment to the fiscal year 2013 Agricultural Appropriations Bill brought by Rep. Jim Moran, D-VA. The appropriations bill now
Continue Reading House Budget For USDA Bans Spending on Horse Slaughter

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) won’t admit it has received either request, but the agency now has two formal applications for inspection of horse meat-for-export processing facilities. As Food Safety News reported earlier, Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, NM previously filed the first application for equine inspection services with FSIS. The agency has now received a second application for horse slaughter from Unified Equine Missouri for an equine processing plant at Rockville, MO, according to the company. While FSIS will neither confirm nor deny that the two applications exist, suggesting that the only way get information about
Continue Reading Two Applications in For Horse Slaughter; Opposition Gears Up