According to some of the industry’s strongest players, food safety is reason enough to kill the Process Revival and Interstate Meat Exemption Act, aka the PRIME Act.
The North American Meat Association and the National Cattle Association went on record to again oppose the PRIME Act in the 118th Congress. The PRIME Act is considered by the law’s proponents to be “essential to small producers, their communities and consumers seeking local products”.
NCBA President Todd Wilkinson said the NCBA, the nation’s largest cattle industry organization, “supports reducing the regulatory burden, but not at the expense of food safety,” adding that the PRIME Act ” good intentions”, allowing untested beef to enter the market. The retail market is dangerous for consumers.
“American consumers rely on rigorous USDA inspections to ensure the safety and quality of meat and poultry,” said Julie Anna Potts, president and CEO of The Meat Institute. “Allowing meat to be placed on the market without inspection and without warning consumers that they are buying uninspected meat jeopardizes food safety. , undermining consumer confidence in all meat products.”
If passed, the PRIME Act would amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act to allow custom slaughterhouses to sell uninspected meat directly to consumers, restaurants, food services and retailers. The law now allows custom slaughterhouses to harvest livestock for the personal use of the animal owner. The food produced may not enter commerce. There are no ongoing inspections and no need for a veterinarian to assess the animal’s health.
In addition, federally inspected facilities, and state inspected facilities that have entered into cooperative agreements with USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), ensure the safety and quality of meat and poultry, and the health and wellbeing of livestock. To ensure that, inspectors continuously supervise operations. Products marked for USDA inspection can be tracked to protect consumers in the event of a problem.
“It is critical to the U.S. economy and across the meat value chain that meat and poultry safety is never taken for granted. We have invested billions of dollars in food safety protection, research, and infrastructure to help our cause.” It poses an unnecessary risk, especially given the many resources available to assist in
The PRIME Act was reintroduced in the 118th Congress earlier this year by Rep. Thomas Massie, Republican Kentucky Rep. Chellie Pingree, and Democrat Rep. Rep. Chellie Pingree. In the House, Sen. Angus King, I-Main, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky. The current invoice seems to be the same as the previous version that failed in the previous session.
However, it may be gaining more momentum than before.
Among its now significant bipartisan endorsements are Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-South Carolina), Rep. Jared Huffman (D-California), Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa), Darren There are original sponsors of the House, including Rep. Soto (D-Florida), Rep. Tim Burchett (Republican). -Ken Buck, Tennessee, R-CO., Mo Brooks, R-AL., Warren Davidson, R-OH, Paul Gosar, R-AZ., Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-WA., Louis Gaumert, R- TX, Ted Budd, R-NC., Ralph Norman, R-SC., Chip Roy, R-TX, Scott Perry, R-PA, Michael Cloud, R-LA., Tom McClintock, R -CA, Glenn Grossman, R -WS., Debbie Lesko, R-AZ., Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-GA., Nancy Mace, R-SC., Matt Rosendale, R-MT, Lauren Boebert, R-CO ., Andy Biggs, R-AZ, Jason Smith, R-MoO, Matt Gates, R-FL
Proponents of the Prime Act say that if passed, the bill would allow states to set their own standards for the treatment of meat sold within them. This allows states to pass their own laws and regulations to allow tariff-exempt processing facilities to slaughter and process meat for commercial use within the state.
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