Horse slaughter plant, KML Meat Processors Ltd. in Westwold, B.C., has certainly experienced its share of problems in the last few years. Most recently, it has had its licence to operate suspended effective March 23, 2017. The suspension was related to the ineffective stunning of slaughter animals prior to slaughter.
On March 29, 2017, the plant’s licence was reinstated and allowed to resume operations “under ongoing inspection by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).”
The smaller of the Canadian horse slaughter plants also had its licence suspended on December 13, 2016 due to its failure to “effectively maintain and implement a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) program as required by the Meat Inspection Regulations, 1990.” The suspension was lifted on January 11, 2017 and allowed to resume operations under the watchful eye of the CFIA. Previous to that event, KML Meat Processors also had a beef recall in June of 2016 due to listeria concerns.
The plant, roughly an hour’s drive east of Kamloops, B.C, figured in the October, 2013 horse protest that garnered significant press:
It appears that the plant has also changed ownership and may now be owned by a company in the Far East.
KML Meat Processors are licenced to slaughter cattle, horses and ‘other’ red meats and are licenced to export to Hong Kong as well as the European Union and Switzerland.