Bipartisan Group of U.S. Senators Request Regulatory Relief for Meat Processing Industry
June 24, 2020
A bipartisan group of senators has asked U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to consider areas for regulatory and programmatic reform in the meat processing industry.
“When high-capacity processing facilities experienced outbreaks amongst employees, operations were forced to shut-off or slow down production, leaving the rancher with livestock they could not move and the consumer with either empty grocery shelves or overpriced products,” the senators wrote in a letter. “These pitfalls can be avoided in the future if we take action today to promote a diversified food supply chain. Regulations must be streamlined to remove barriers impeding small and medium-sized meat processors.”
The letter was signed by Senators Steve Daines (R-MT), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ron Wyden (D-OR), John Barrasso (R-WY), Doug Jones (D-AL), Mike Enzi (R-WY), and John Hoeven (R-ND).
Source: Senator Steve Daines