Walker said all byproducts will be sent to a rendering plant, and all horse meat “will be sold domestically to zoos and exported abroad for human consumption.”
The company defines an “unwanted horse” as one that “the owner can no longer afford to feed, is too dangerous to handle or has injuries, lameness or illness.”
The facility must be in compliance with the Federal Meat Inspection Act, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures regulations.
”Our focus is on what we can control, which is creating a safe and humane processing facility,” Walker said.
For more information on horse slaughter regulations and inspection requirements, go to www.fsis.usda.gov.
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