Spencer, IA: Federal officials have granted a New Mexico company’s request to open a horse slaughterhouse.
With the action, Valley Meat Company of Roswell is set to become the first operation in the nation licensed to process horses into meat since Congress effectively banned the practice seven years ago.
Congress reinstated funding in 2011, but the USDA resisted approving Valley Meat Company’s application, prompting the company to sue USDA.
Although the USDA has now granted the company’s certification, the USDA must still send inspectors to the plant before it can begin operations. Representatives of the plant on Monday said it may still be weeks before inspectors are sent.
Valley Meat Company wants to shop horse meat to countries where people cook with it or feed it to animals.