Local congresswoman opposes allowing horse meat inspections

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro said she is opposed to allowing the federal inspection of horse meat in the United States so it can be sold for human consumption.

“Congress needs to reinstate the provision I authored that would prohibit inspection of horse slaughter facilities in the United States,” said DeLauro, a longtime Democrat from the Third District, which includes a part of Shelton.

In recent days there have been reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will have to approve the federal inspection of a horse slaughter facility in New Mexico.

Authorized the previous inspection ban

DeLauro, former chairman of the subcommittee responsible for funding the USDA, previously authored a provision passed into law that prohibited federal funds for the inspection of such facilities in the United States. Upon becoming the majority party in the House of Representatives in 2011, Republicans ended that prohibition, according to DeLauro’s office.

“Beginning today, food inspection services by the USDA will suffer the same indiscriminate budget cuts as the rest of the federal government,” DeLauro, a New Haven resident, said in a statement on Friday. “The [Obama] administration has said they will have to furlough inspectors.

"The last thing we should be doing," she continued, "is adding additional inspection responsibilities. I looking forward to questioning USDA officials about this when they testify before the Appropriations Committee.”

Shelton is divided between two congressional districts. Congressman Jim Himes, also a Democrat, represents the Fourth District that covers other parts of Shelton.