Chad Livengood reports:
"Under the bill, processors would pay into a fund to the Missouri
Department of Agriculture, which would pass the inspection fees on to
the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Viebrock, R-Republic, said USDA would then have a funding source to
pay for inspections of horse meat, which is a delicacy in Europe and
In September 2006, Congress barred any federal funds from being spent
by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on inspecting the
nation's three remaining horse slaughtering plants in Illinois and
Texas -- effectively putting them out of business."