I actually just sat through a lecture on this today. The only reason that that label is on there is for legal reasons. It's a lot like the "for vet use only", wraps all have that written on them, some twitches as well, it's amazing what that's written on. Plus, most if not all vaccines have "not for animals intended for human consumption" on it. Farmers still vaccinate though, and to my knowledge no one's died because their hamburger was injected with a does of antibiotics as a calf. Smrobs is 100% right. :)
I for one am put at ease a little that the plant is opening. Too many unwanted horses that are dying in more cruel ways than they would in a slaughter house. While it'd be amazing to save them all it's just impossible. :(
I know a lot of people scuff at eating this way. And that there isn't a lot of research showing that it is better for you. But I would rather not take my chances. So unless the horse meat was cheaper than beef and raised in a humane organic way I'm not about to go to Fred Meyers and pick up a rump roast for dinner. I totally support horse slaughter. There need to be people eating the meat or there won't be enough demand for it. But I'm not going to be that person.
On a side note. Isn't their meat a little tough. My horse is 10. She is in great shape. Lots of muscle little fat. I can't imagine she would taste very good. There is a reason you don't run beef cattle into the ground when you round them up. They're finished of corn so they'll taste better. I'm not aware that horses are usually put to a feed lot before slaughter. Has anyone here eaten horse meat? Want to give a review?