Additional restrictions on horse meat consumption have cleared the Florida House as part of an animal protection bill.
The measure (HB 765) won unanimous approval Wednesday. It goes to the Senate where an identical bill (SB 1862) is awaiting a floor vote.
Current law bars the sale of horse meat for human consumption unless clearly stamped, marked, and described as being for that purpose.
The bill also would prohibit the transporting, distributing, purchasing or possessing of horse meat for human consumption without such a stamp, mark or description.
It includes a minimum mandatory penalty of a year in jail and $3,500 fine for violations and raises the maximum to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.