Kind introduces interstate meat shipment bill

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HUDSON, WIS. — U.S. Representative Ron Kind of Wisconsin has introduced legislation to expand the markets for small meat processing businesses across the country. H.R. 1760, "The Expanding Markets for Small Meat Processors Act" would eliminate the ban on the interstate shipment of state-inspected meat, allowing small meat processors to increase their business and grow local economies.

"These unfair restrictions are severely hindering this industry’s ability to grow," Mr. Kind said. "Trusting other nations, but not our own states, to ship meat across borders just doesn’t make sense. This bill will expand markets, increase competition and reduce prices for consumers."

States often develop their own meat inspection programs to accommodate small businesses. Although the state inspection programs are equivalent to federal standards, currently there are restrictions on the interstate shipment of state-inspected meat.

No other agricultural commodity has such a restriction. State-inspected milk, fruits, vegetables, grain and fish are all allowed access to the national market. Currently foreign products have greater nationwide meat market access than state-inspected meat.

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