U.S. Senators Jerry Moran of Kansas and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota introduced the Requiring Assistance to Meat Processors for Upgrading Plants Act. The legislation would provide grants to meat processors to make improvements necessary to become federally inspected.
This is companion legislation introduced earlier this month by House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson of Minnesota and former chairman Frank Lucas from Oklahoma.
Currently, meatpacking facilities can only make sales across state lines if they are federally inspected. Facilities that are state inspected can only sell their products within the state they are located, and custom-exempt processors can only process livestock for the exclusive use of the livestock owner. This legislation would provide grants to meatpacking plants for planning activities, facility upgrades and other necessary improvements to meet the standards necessary for federal inspections, increasing their market opportunities and encouraging interstate commerce.
The Senators comments and more can be found here.
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