‘Strengthening Local Processing Act’ Would Streamline Operations for Small Meat and Poultry Processors

Senate Bill 354, and its companion bill, House Resolution 945, would amend the Poultry Products Inspection Act and the Federal Meat Inspection Act by streamlining operations for small meat and poultry processors and allowing more of their products to be sold across state lines. Senate Bill 354 was introduced by Senators John Thune and Sherrod Brown and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry; House Resolution 945 was introduced by Representatives Chellie Pingree and Jim Baird and has been referred to the House Agriculture Committee.