LLC to Open Meat Processing Facility
- A Missouri-based company is on
track to re-open an existing meat processing plant in
Rockville, Missouri, by summer's end.
in western Missouri, a rural area hard-hit by job losses when the plant closed almost a year ago.
facility is currently being renovated and reequipped in order to humanely
process horses. The facility will be regulated and inspected by the United
States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to ensure all horses are humanely
transported and slaughtered under federal humane slaughter regulations, which
provide one of the highest standards in the world. USDA will oversee and verify
the food safety of all products.
are excited to be bringing jobs and opportunity to rural
," says Sue Wallis, company CEO, "and even happier to provide a humane
and viable option to the horse industry, decimated by misguided efforts to end
humane horse slaughter."
Equine Missouri will adhere to standards that go above and beyond minimum
government requirements, standards developed by the International Equine
Business Association. These standards include video surveillance to ensure
humane handling and a sophisticated and fail-safe market-driven testing and
traceability protocol. These systems ensure to the extent possible no stolen
horse is mistakenly processed, and that all horses processed for human
consumption are verified free of drug residues or other contamination.
facility was a USDA-inspected meat processing facility for many years, and as
such has the advantage of having all environmental waste water handling systems
in place and was previously approved by the Missouri Department of Natural
Resources and other state agencies.
or unusable horses are at particularly high risk of abandonment and neglect, or
being transported thousands of miles to other countries where neither the
horse industry nor USDA, has any jurisdiction over how horses are handled.
There is a thriving foreign market for horse meat which is widely used in
Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia. A robust niche ethnic market for horse meat existed in the
prior to 2007, and is eagerly awaiting the reopening of the equine meat
believe this is a win-win-win for both horses and people," says Wallis,
"By ensuring every horse has value we ensure they are handled appropriately
at every stage, that they are used for good purposes that contribute to the
overall economy, that owners have the option of selling a horse they no longer
want or need for a good price, and that as many as fifty good jobs that were
lost almost a year ago are restored to a deserving rural community."
Unified Equine Missouri will be providing competitive wages with benefits and
the opportunity to gain shares in the company upon becoming fully vested to
information is available by contacting Sue Wallis, CEO, firstname.lastname@example.org,
307 685 8248 (ranch), 307 680 8515 (cell). Attached please find a fact sheet and
answers to frequently asked questions in regards to Unified Equine Missouri.
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