August 22, 2013
Let’s just imagine that a horse slaughterhouse opened up here in America. One of the great concerns is the contamination of the meat by a wide variety of drugs that might have been administered to the horse prior to slaughter. But never fear that such meat will ever enter the food chain because our very own USDA inspectors will be standing by, sipping coffee and talking about football ,yet ever vigilant for contaminated meat. For your own satisfaction, here is the guidelines for the inspectors to use to insure that whomever consumes the meat is guaranteed a safe and happy meal:
Read it and laugh, or cry, for this is what our government thinks is a safety net that will catch all adulterated meat.
On the top of page 4:
PHVs are to identify as “U.S. Condemned” any equines that found on ante mortem inspection to be:
- Dead or in a dying condition when offered for slaughter on the premises of the official establishment;
- Plainly showing on ante-mortem inspection any disease or condition that, under 9 CFR Part 311, would cause the PHV to condemn the carcass when inspecting post-mortem;
- Febrile with a temperature of 105oF or higher (9 CFR 309.3(c));
- In a comatose or semi-comatose condition; or
- Other condemnable condition per 9 CFR Part 309.
Hopefully, they will have the sense to know that if a horse is “dead or dying” there may be a health issue. That’s a good start.
Page 6 and 7 list the part about testing for drugs, not for all the carcasses, mind you, just random testing. Out of every 100 horses, they are required to test 4. I’m feeling better about this already.
- Submit one sample containing one pound of muscle to the Western Lab (WL) where it will be tested for pesticides; and
- Submit the other one pound sample from each carcass to the Eastern Lab (EL) where it will be tested for multiple chemical class residues and contaminants.
Now here is what is so amazing – DO NOT list the muscle as horse, but as GOAT. Seriously. I’m not making this up. The new USDA Food Safety Inspection Service spent $141.48 million on a new IT system that doesn’t work, so they have to list every horse as a goat.
2. Until the equine class is available in PHIS, unless directed by the DO otherwise, IPP are to verify that the establishment profile includes the slaughter class “GOAT” and enter equine data in PHIS using the goat slaughter class. If the establishment profile does not include the goat slaughter class, IPP are to add “GOAT” slaughter class to the plant profile.
NOTE: “GOAT” is being used at this time in order to capture necessary information in PHIS relative to equine. FSIS will manage PHIS results in a manner to discern goat data separately from equine data until such time that PHIS is modified to accommodate equine data entry. FSIS will rely upon the grant of inspection to discern which establishments in PHIS slaughter goat versus equine.
Read it and weep, America. This is our government at work.
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