“American horses are treated with drugs that should not enter the food supply…”
WASHINGTON — Beef may be what’s for dinner, but horse meat won’t be under legislation introduced Thursday in both houses of Congress by U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and a bipartisan group of lawmakers.
The Safeguard American Food Exports Act, which also was introduced in the last Congress, would prevent horses from being killed for food in the U.S. and ban exports of horses if they are going to be eaten in other countries.
“We must do all we can to protect American consumers from serious health risks and this bill helps keep toxic horsemeat off our dining room tables,” said Menendez (D-N.J.). “American horses are treated with drugs that should not enter the food supply and our bipartisan coalition wants to prevent damage to the reputation of the entire U.S. food industry, while simultaneously standing firm against the cruel slaughter of horses.”
Congress so far has been able to ban the practice on a temporary basis by annually adding a provision to the agriculture spending bill that bans the Agriculture Department from spending money to inspect facilities that would be used to slaughter horses. Without the inspections, the facilities cannot open.
“This bill will make sure that our hamburgers aren’t made of horses,” Mikulski said.
It was introduced last month in the House, where six New Jersey representatives are among the bill’s 71 sponsors: U.S. Reps. Frank LoBiondo (R-2nd Dist.), Chris Smith (R-4th Dist.), Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th Dist.), Leonard Lance (R-7th Dist.), Albio Sires (D-8th Dist.), and Rodney Frelinghuysen, (R-11th Dist.).