EU Inspectors find serious violations at EU regulated horse slaughter plants in Mexico

From our good friends at the Equine Welfare Alliance:

 Inspectors find serious violations at EU regulated horse slaughter plants in Mexico

http://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/inspectors-find-serious-violations-at-eu-regulated-horse-slaughter-plants-in-mexico/

 The European Commission Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) find serious violations during inspections conducted in November and December of 2010 of EU regulated plants in Mexico slaughtering horses for human consumption.

 There are numerous plants slaughtering horses for human consumption in Mexico, only five of which are EU regulated. FVO inspectors visited these plants plus three collecting centers and one US export pen for slaughter bound horses. The FVO objective was to verify that EU requirements for importing horse meat for human consumption into Europe are being followed.

 In a report filed by the FVO, a number of serious violations and actions taken were cited, including these noted by Animals’ Angels:

Two out of five establishments failed to meet EU requirements relating to slaughter hygiene and water quality. Additionally, there were non-traceable carcasses, a number of which were in contact with EU eligible horse meat. No export certificates will be issued until these issues are satisfactorily resolved.

  • Random samples taken from horse meat processed in 2008, 2009 and 2010 tested positive for EU prohibited drug residues.
  • Sworn statements made by horse owners on veterinary medical treatment histories were not authenticated and proven false, including cases of positive results for EU prohibited drug residues.
  • From January and October 2010, of the 62,560 US horses shipped to slaughter 5,336 were rejected at the border due to advanced pregnancy, health problems or injuries.
  • In a visit to one US export pen, 12 of the 30 horses held there were rejected.

 We urge the FVO to conduct similar inspections in Canada where they are certain to find similar results, and ban the import of all horse meat from North American and Australian horse slaughter plants.

Read full report FVO report:

http://www.animalsangels.org/about-us/news.html

 Wonder what our friend Mr. Chavez has to say about this.

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10 Responses to EU Inspectors find serious violations at EU regulated horse slaughter plants in Mexico

  1. drjohn says:

    If the bleeding hearts and the horses kissers out there would allow the processing of horses in the US none of this would happen

    • Nina Eckhoff says:

      drjohn – change your monstrous ways. God is watching.

    • Misti says:

      Apparently Dr. John didn’t read the report prior to commenting!!

      It doesn’t matter where on earth our domestic companion horses are killed, their bodies and subsequent horsemeat will still have all undocumented drug residues that are banned in animals destined for human consumption. The EU Government knows that these drugs are extremely harmful to their citizens if consumed and are working to keep them out of their food chain. These are facts nobody can deny.

      Besides that, US horses were being transported to Mexico for slaughter long before the last plants were shuttered in the US. Shipping them to Mexico is not new.

      If the uneducated horse eaters out there would clue in to these well documented facts and get on board to end this travisty by helping to prevent these US horses from being killed in the first place, none of this would happen.

    • Not A Breed says:

      drjohn, you are … politically correct words fail me, so I’ll come right out and say it… you are an ass.

      Your comment makes absolutely no sense, considering when horses WERE processed in the US, the same problems occurred. Nice try though.

  2. Misti says:

    We really need to make a concerted effort to get this information to the people in Quebec since they are primarily the ones in Canada consuming horsemeat. I suspect our information is not getting to them because it is mainly in English. Many of the older generations think there can be no problem because they have been eating it for years, yet the horse they ate in their childhood is not the horse they eat today. Back then those drugs horses are routinely given today were not used at all, let alone with the regularity they are today.

    I am postive many will be livid to find out they have been sold horsemeat that has these banned for human consumption, undocumented, not tested for drug residues present in what the Government is selling to them as food!!

    It is really frightening to know the Government allows this to go on, that these clearly documented drugs that are banned for animals destined for the human food chain are being sold to humans at all. It seems clear to me that the EU cares more for the health and welfare of their citizens than the Canadian Government cares for theirs, or anyone else’s for that matter.

  3. these belgian plants that now operate in Mexico and Canada. Because of the neglect,lies and extreme abuse they shed on our horses coming from the United States not to mention our baby colts that are brought over or born at the death house, used for purses (that say pony hair ), which is a lie. It is the babys that suffer for no reason like the adults….These people need to be put out of business once and for all, no more sqandering to unregulated countries like Mexico to get by with this shame and filth.

  4. Ilona says:

    Something is finally happening in the right direction!

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  7. SAM says:

    I,m just to a point, where someone, like me is about to explode. Theres just to much evidence, to much suffering, to much 2-faced lies and its gotten out of hand, for sure..
    Random samples taken from horse meat processed in 2008, 2009 and 2010 tested positive for EU prohibited drug residues.
    Sworn statements made by horse owners on veterinary medical treatment histories were not authenticated and proven false, including cases of positive results for EU prohibited drug residues.
    YES! I wonder now, what this Mr. Chavez has to say now! To conclude, YES! these investagations need to be held in CANADA, also, ASAP!… Shame, shame, shame. R.I.P our beautiful angels…Qc.

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