State panel OKs bill to allow horsemeat facility
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma could have a facility in the state that processes horsemeat for human consumption under a bill approved by a House committee.
The House Public Health Committee voted 8-2 on Tuesday for a bill that removes the current prohibition on such a facility that has been in place for decades.
The sale of horsemeat for human consumption in Oklahoma would still be banned, but the author of the bill, Bristow Republican Rep. Skye McNiel, says the bill would allow for the export of horsemeat to other countries where it is considered a delicacy.
McNiel says a group of investors considered building such a facility in Oklahoma last year but opted instead for Missouri because of the state ban.
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