Rounds Bringing Back Legislation To Expand Meat Sales

(WNAX) — South Dakota Senator Mike Rounds says he and Maine Senator Angus King are reintroducing a bill to allow broader sales of meat products…

“Now we first introduced this bill last Congress. Currently there are 27 states with inspection programs. They’re certified by Food Safety Inspection Service, the F-S-I-S, which meet or exceed federal inspection standards. However products processed at these F-S-I-S approved state meat packing facilities…these are not currently allowed to sell their products across state lines.”

Rounds says under the current rules, market access is limited…

“South Dakota farmers and ranchers produce some of the best quality, highest quality meat in the entire nation, but currently cattle, sheep, swine and goat products are limited to markets within the state, even though they are required to go through inspection at an F-S-I-S approved state facility. This makes no sense considering that state inspection programs are required to be at least equal to or better than federal-state inspection standards.”

Rounds says the standards are the same from state to state…

“You know it just makes sense. Why in the world, if you got a meat packer who’s on a border such as close to Belle Fourche or close to Sioux Falls in that area. Why is it that we have an arbitrary line that stops them from crossing when it comes to selling those products, so I think this is an item whose time has come, but most certainly I’m sure that there will be folks out there with a different point of view on it.”

Rounds hopes to get the bill to the Senate floor later this year.