Oklahoma Bill Would Allow In-State Sales of Meat without USDA Inspection

Oklahoma Senate Bill 1710 would allow all beef, bison, pork, and chicken produced in an Oklahoma state-inspected facility to be sold in Oklahoma without U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection or approval. The bill would require labels to specify “For Intrastate Use Only,” as well as “Oklahoma Beef,” “Oklahoma Bison,” “Oklahoma Pork,” or “Oklahoma Chicken.” The measure is one of numerous pending in agricultural states that would expand market opportunities for smaller farms that are not USDA inspected. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Wildlife.