NM Attorney General: Meat’s pedigree would have to be proven before slaughter
ROSWELL, N.M. —The attorney general’s office said there is another hurdle that could stand in the way of horse slaughter plans in Roswell.
Horse meat, fitting the legal definition of an adulterated food product, may not be manufactured, sold or delivered anywhere in New Mexico regardless of where the food is ultimately consumed, said the state’s Attorney General Gary King.
A number of horses are treated with chemicals in horse racing, for example.
King said if the Roswell plant cannot prove meat has not been tainted with chemicals then that meat would be illegal under New Mexico law, adding the slaughter plant would have to prove the pedigree of the meat before a horse could be slaughtered for consumption.
Failure to comply with the New Mexico food act can result in criminal charges, fines and or seizure of the food product.
It would be up to the Environmental Improvement Board and the Livestock Board to assist in enforcing this law, he said.
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