Federal inspections of United States plants intent on slaughtering horses for human consumption should be ready to resume by the end of the year, according to a news report.
Horse slaughter plants have not operated on US soil since 2007. The US Department of Agriculture was not permitted to fund the inspections, effectively leaving the plants unable to operate.
However, a change in language in an agriculture bill late last year re-opened the door to the plant inspections.
Mysanantonio.com reports has interviewed Al Almanza, administrator of the Food Safety and Inspection Service, a San Antonio native who was in the city to speak at the Southwest Meat Association’s 56th annual convention.
Almanza said the testing procedures for inspections should be validated and ready for use in November or by the end of 2012.
Two companies, in New Mexico and Missouri, have submitted applications to have equine processing plants inspected, he said, and were keen to get started.
“If we can expedite that process, we will,” Almanza said.