Resolution on Interstate Sale of State Inspected Meat and Poultry

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WHEREAS, the Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1967 and the Poultry Products Inspection Act of 1968 required all state meat and poultry inspection programs to be “at least equal” to federal standards; and

WHEREAS, 28 States have adopted state meat inspection programs that equal or exceed federal standards; and

WHEREAS, states are allowed to inspect “non-amenable” products–such as venison, buffalo, squab, quail and pheasant–and interstate shipment of these state inspected products has been allowed for many years and deemed safe for commerce and consumers; and

WHEREAS, other commodities, such as milk, dairy products, fruit, vegetables, fish, shellfish, and complex canned products, which are inspected under state jurisdiction, are allowed to be marketed freely throughout the United States; and

WHEREAS, any foreign-inspected meat can be shipped to and sold anywhere in the U.S. as long as that country’s foreign inspection program is equivalent to U.S. federal standards—in practice the same standard which Federally approved state-inspected programs must meet; and

WHEREAS, state-inspected meat and poultry are the only commodities that are restricted from sale across state lines; and

WHEREAS, the 2002 Farm Bill included report language supporting the merits of interstate meat shipment and required United States Department of Agriculture to conduct a new, comprehensive review of state inspection programs; and

WHEREAS, three USDA Advisory Committees have recommended that the ban on interstate shipment be removed: USDA’s Advisory Committee on Agricultural Concentration (June 1996); USDA’s National Commission on Small Farms (January 1998); and the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI), (May 1998 and June 2002); and

WHEREAS, the demand for high quality local products is not limited to within a state border; and

WHEREAS, HR 1760 has been introduced in Congress to address this obvious inequity; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges all members of Congress to join the bipartisan efforts to ensure that legislation is enacted to allow the interstate shipment of state inspected meats and poultry; and be it further

RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to all members of Congress on the House and Senate Agriculture Committees; and be it further
RESOLVED, that this resolution be submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture; and be it further

RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to state Agriculture
Commissioners and Directors.

Adopted this 13th Day of June, 2007 at the CSG Spring National Committee and Task Force Meetings In Puerto Rico