The Confusing World of Food Safety


July 10, 2013

images-1Just so you know, it’s perfectly okay to eat horse meat, even though it’s filled with a dozen drugs and even though there is no record of the drugs, amounts, dates given or anything else. The Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) said it, so it must be okay. Three equine slaughterhouses are set to open in the US with the blessings of our government, without any method to trace any history of the animals. “It”s the law!” the government says. “We can’t say no to them.”

Now comes the Food and Drug Administration (different building) that is jumping up and down on a farmer that sold one of his cattle to a slaughterhouse “for human food that contain illegal drug residues in violation of federal law.” In this case, penicillin.

So get out your notepads, kids, and follow along. The FSIS says there is NO reason to ban horsemeat simply because the horse was shot full of drugs. Seriously – read this decision by the FSIS

But cattle? Ah, different matter! The Hammer of Justice will bang down on the toes of the rancher that tries to pull a fast one. Example? Sure, read this:

FDA, Justice Department takes action against Vermont dairy farm

Defendants cited for illegal drug residues in cattle sold for human food
I mean, really. Click on the link and read it.
Here’s the letter they sent to the criminal:

Inspections, Compliance, Enforcement, and Criminal Investigations – WARNING LETTER


So by this time old man Lawson is probably peeing all over himself. What gets me is that Lawson Farms gave this cow penicillin, probably in the hopes that it might recover from whatever sickness it had. That is a hell of a lot more that 90% of the beef industry would do. 

Unknown-2Yet here we have a horse that has open sores, running nose, broken leg, busted out eyeball, two weeks off the racetrack, filled with 100 different speedo chemicals and the FSIS says, “Oh, that’s okay.”

I don’t know about you, but I take the whole thing as being contradictory as it can get, with two very obvious conclusions:

1) The horse slaughter industry has more power in DC than the cattle industry. A complete turnover with the cattle powers being told to go wait out in the hall while the horse killers have a private word with the lawmakers.

2) Real Americans don’t eat horsemeat, so why should anyone care what it has in it? Asians eat it, plus those uptight French people and Italians that scream all the time. And Russians – so what if a few million Russians get sick, right? I mean, they’re all commies.

Indeed, perhaps our government has developed a complex ethnocentric attitude. We’re Americans. We protect our own and to heck with everyone else.

Problem with that idea is that the companies making a ton of money off the slaughter of American horses are all European and Russian. We provide the raw material, pay for the inspectors, give the tax benefits, and they pocket the cash. And the horse breeders can keep pumping foals out.

What’s your opinion?


AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • There is no correlation between ”unwanted” horses and the plants closing. So there will not be a rush to ”crank out foals” if the plants reopen. $100 for a $1000 foal is NOT the goal of legitimate breeders. It often costs more for the stud service, costs double to feed the mare 11 months, and just doesn’t make sense even in lala land. Not fiscally, anyway.

    July 10, 2013
  • judye michaels

    ANY American who thinks horse slaughter is in any good has to be delusional! We, as Americans, will be paying for a predatory, greed-driven, crime-infested industry for the benefit of foreign interests — and at the cost of the safety of the foods we do eat!!!

    July 10, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    Yeah, I can’t explain it? I can’t understand it? I think they must be on drugs themselves to do what is happening?? I NEVER EVER thought this would happen not in a million years, after having gone through slaughter here before and what happened, with the food issue’s in EU, no way and now look what has come down… I am numb to it all, almost lethargic…. I for one still have a bit of hope BUT if this takes place I am done eating any beef I don’t trust certainly our Gov. in what they would be putting in our beef, nope that is a done deal with me… I have never felt so helpless in my life and I don’t like the feeling at all, I just WISH we could all stand together some how and make a difference in a BIG WAY that would get everyone’s attention, not sure what that would be but I am sure you can understand what I mean… Washington (not all) is OUT OF CONTROL of the map….Just honest to god crazy???? I don’t know I am at a loose I really am?????

    July 10, 2013
  • Judith Keene

    I dont understand the discrepancy between horses and cattle but all i can think is that maybe since they know the horsemeat is going to be shipped out of the country, they just dont care! I also dont understand the fact that the FDA labels all drugs meant for horses with a warning: NOT FOR USE IN HORSES INTENDED FOR FOOD. And then the USDA passes the meat anyway even knowing that most of our American horses are loaded with all kinds of drugs! I went to the FDA site and looked up equine drugs and there were 53 of them listed there and they all have the same warning! Kind of makes me wonder if it ever becomes legal to sell horsemeat in this country for human consumption, if the meat would come under the same scrutiny as a cow? We need to demand answers from our elected officials as to what is going on!

    July 10, 2013
  • JanSchultz

    I have no opinion except this. Horses are intelligent beings. They bond. Horses are kind, choosing kindness over brutality even though they have the power to light a town with the energy they produce.

    We cannot allow the slaughter of horses to continue.

    July 10, 2013
  • Daryl

    I have a reaction to penicillin, really bad reactions to it , tong swells, and all my joints, throat starts to swell shut, so it okay if I die not knowing the cow was shot with it? Lot of other people have the same problem, well people over seas have a problem with meds too, we don’t care, some thing stinks in our government. You can’t have it both ways .Gov , what you are doing to these horses is not right, they are not food.

    July 10, 2013
  • Donna E Wise

    We will have another election and I will not vote for any senator or congressman who voted for the slaughter of horses. If they can be bought out by the people with money and can not listen to the majority of people I will not pay attention to them. I have emailed and called our government an keep getting “I will keep your opinion in mind if and when it comes to our floor”

    July 10, 2013
    • Debi

      I’m in complete agreement with Donna & Daryl. Plus…I don’t want these Horses taken to a Slaughter House. They deserve BETTER.

      July 10, 2013
  • Judy Wendt

    OMG Jerry. What hypocrisy. Until 2004, after the mad cow disease scare, the FSIS said pink slime beef (mechanically separated meat) was perfectly healthy, too. Pink slime poultry (made into nuggets) and pink slime pork (made into hot dogs, etc.) are still allowed – all soaked in ammonium hydroxide as an anti-microbial agent. Death burgers come from a different process. People actually still feed this shisnick to their children and get them addicted to the taste before they are old enough to understand the consequences/risks. That is abusive, IMO.

    Factory farmed animal/slaughterhouse “food” is so nasty that we need to irradiate it. Poultry floats in a fecal “stew” because of the filth. Then we label people who eat clean, fresh healthy food as “radical.” Pretty crazy. That is the power of BigAg propaganda (think of the fast food commercials). Good luck trying to save horses from this industrial-governmental conspiracy. Sorry to be negative, but I believe they will try to get the American public to eat horsemeat as another type of beef. Gluttony and gullibility are self-serving, and when “taste” (heightened by food additives called “flavonoids”) is more important than ethics or health, then they have a willing market.

    July 10, 2013
  • Nancy B

    I’ve heard and read the EU is not accepting horsemeat from the US. If this is so, then where will all this horse meat be exported to? And isn’t the US Cattle industry supporting the return of horse slaughter here? Sure would be easy to have this horse meat accidently on-purpose slip into our beef products. I can see it would be mighty tempting! Profits would certainly increase seeing as there would be little to no overhead, right? The horses are already raised and fed and ready to be “processed”, and only cost a few bucks. It could easily be done, Europe did it, why not here? Someone commented that if horse slaughter resumes here they will no longer buy beef products. I’m thinking why wait? Why pad the pockets of an industry that wants to slaughter our Horses as well as eliminate Wild Horses from public lands. If you want to eat beef, it can be purchased from small, private “organic” farms, or raise it yourself.

    July 10, 2013
  • Nina Eckhoff

    Deja vu all over again… remembering Dallas Crown, Kaufman, TX. Internationally owned. Their parent company paid, what $5.00 in taxes? Yes, seriously. The slaughter plant ruined the environment and the community and almost bankrupted the town. But, that’s OK! Let’s do it again! Because we don’t know any better and it’s OK… the taxpayers will cover the financial problems that arise. Again. And you wonder why our politicians are bought and paid for and why our economy is in the toilet.

    July 10, 2013
  • Arlene

    All I know is I want my Mustangs and all horses free, I dont want to eat them, I love them !!!!!!!!

    July 11, 2013
  • It IS total insanity, for sure. I wonder if the FSIS thinks we are so dumb we won’t see the uh, difference in the treatment of cattle infractions and equine infractions – which don’t even seem to exist.

    That reply to the HSUS by the FSIS infuriated me on more than one level. The obvious lies of course, but the tone of the response really pissed me off BIG TIME. It was rude, confrontational, condescending and unprofessional. This guy sounded more like a kid playing “Gotcha!” than someone providing a serious view of the reasons for denial. The guy obviously didn’t have a CLUE. If I can make the time, I’m going to write him and tell him so too.

    July 20, 2013