Pair Propose Law Designed to Revive Local Meat Processing

July 26, 2015 11:25 AM
Pair Propose Law Designed to Revive Local Meat Processing

Two U.S. representatives are introducing legislation they say will make business easier for small farms by giving individual states more freedom about intrastate distribution of meat.

Representatives Thomas Massie of Kentucky and Chellie Pingree of Maine say the Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption Act would allow states to permit intrastate distribution of "custom-slaughtered" meat such as beef, pork and lamb. They say the bill is an effort to revive local meat processing.

Massie says federal regulations make it difficult for consumers to purchase food from local farmers. Pingree says current regulations result in farmers and ranchers sending their animals hundreds of miles away to slaughterhouses.

Massie and Pingree are both involved in grass-fed meat production. Massie is a Republican and Pingree is a Democrat.

Back to news



Spell Check

chamois, MO
7/27/2015 09:20 AM

  About time we had some forward thinking legislation that supports local/regional meat processors. USDA and their antiquated inspection process punish the small processors. I am sure there will be an out cry from corporate packing houses who lobby hard to keep their choke hold on smaller packing houses.