Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2002 ch. 208
Other Identifying Information:2002 House Concurrent Resolution 5014
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:A Concurrent Resolution urging the United States Congress to allow interstate marketing of state inspected meat.




A Concurrent Resolution urging the United States Congress to allow

interstate marketing of state inspected meat.

WHEREAS, The Federal Wholesale Meat Act of 1967 allows states

to have state meat inspection programs which are required to meet or

exceed federal inspection standards of the United States Department of

Agriculture for wholesomeness, cleanliness and food safety; and

WHEREAS, Kansas with 26 other states has elected to operate equiv-

alent meat inspection programs which allow state-licensed and state-in-

spected meat processing facilities to engage in intrastate commerce. Nu-

merous other states are pursuing implementation of state inspection of

their meat processing facilities; and

WHEREAS, State meat inspection programs are flexible and can ef-

ficiently and safely adapt their activities to small, local meat processors

that cannot be duplicated by the federal inspection program because of

its size and complexity; and

WHEREAS, State-inspected meat and poultry products are currently

barred from interstate commerce under federal law, including neighbor-

ing local markets in other states, despite current meat safety and quality

assurances, affecting long-range rural development and economic growth

strategies within the meat processing industry; and

WHEREAS, Such limitation on marketing of state inspected meat in-

hibits economic development and value-added agricultural activities in

this nation's agricultural sector; and

WHEREAS, Current policy of the National Association of State De-

partments of Agriculture supports the interstate shipment of state-in-

spected meat products: Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas,

the Senate concurring therein: That we urge the United States Congress

to enact revisions to the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry

Products Inspection Act to allow the interstate shipment and marketing

of meat products by state inspected meat processing facilities; and

Be it further resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send

an enrolled copy of this resolution to the President of the United States,

the Majority Leader of the United States Senate, the Speaker of the

United States House of Representatives, the Secretary of the United

States Department of Agriculture and each member of the Kansas Con-

gressional delegation.

Adopted by the House March 29, 2002.

Adopted by the Senate

March 27, 2002.


Date Composed: 10/10/2002 Date Modified: 10/10/2002