Friday, December 16, 2011

Undercover Investigation Inside Quebec Slaughterhouse Reveals Serious Food Safety and Horse Welfare Concerns

PR Newswire

ORANGEVILLE, ON, Dec. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Today, footage and photos captured by an anonymous source at Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation Inc. in St. Andre-Avellin, Quebec, are being released by the Canadian Horse Defence Coalition (CHDC): .
The evidence provided to the CHDC reveals troubling discrepancies and missing data on Equine Information Documents (EIDs), forms that are required by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to track the drug history of horses sold for slaughter. All documents examined had some form of omission, ranging from incomplete owners' or agents' information, to the disturbing mis-identification of horses as per their accompanying photographs. Research indicates that at least six of the horses had previously raced, with one racing just three months prior to slaughter. From a food traceability standpoint, the results are alarming.

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