S. 1862 (104th): Interstate Distribution of State-Inspected Meat Act of 1996

104th Congress, 1995–1996. Text as of Jun 11, 1996 (Introduced).

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S 1862 IS

104th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 1862

To permit the interstate distribution of State-inspected meat under appropriate circumstances.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 11, 1996

Mr. PRESSLER (for himself and Mr. HATCH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry


A BILL

To permit the interstate distribution of State-inspected meat under appropriate circumstances.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Interstate Distribution of State-Inspected Meat Act of 1996’.

SEC. 2. FEDERAL AND STATE COOPERATION WITH RESPECT TO MEAT INSPECTION.

    (a) WAIVER OF INTRASTATE DISTRIBUTION LIMITATION UNDER THE FEDERAL MEAT INSPECTION ACT- Section 301(a) of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 661(a)) is amended by adding the following paragraph at the end thereof:

      ‘(5) Upon application of an appropriate State agency with which the Secretary may cooperate under this Act, the Secretary shall reevaluate the applicant State’s meat inspection program to verify that its mandatory requirements are at least equal to the Federal inspection, reinspection, and sanitation requirements under title I of this Act.

        ‘(A) In the event that the Secretary verifies that the mandatory inspection requirements of the applicant State are at least equal to Federal inspection requirements, the limitation in paragraph (1) of this section which restricts meat inspected by the applicant State to intrastate distribution shall be waived by the Secretary.

        ‘(B) Following any waiver under subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, the Secretary is authorized to perform random inspections of State-inspected plants within the applicant State to ensure that the mandatory State inspection requirements employed therein are at least equal to the substantive Federal inspection requirements under title I of this Act.

        ‘(C) The Secretary may utilize Federal personnel, or may cooperate with the appropriate State agency under this Act to train and utilize State personnel, to perform any random inspections authorized by this paragraph.

        ‘(D) In the event that a random inspection performed under this paragraph discloses that a State-inspected plant is not employing mandatory inspection requirements at least equal to the substantive Federal inspection requirements under title I of this Act, the Secretary shall reimpose the restriction against the interstate distribution of meat and meat products produced at that plant until a subsequent inspection verifies that the plant has reestablished mandatory inspection requirements at least equal to the substantive Federal inspection requirements under title I of this Act.’.

    (b) WAIVER OF INTRASTATE DISTRIBUTION LIMITATION UNDER THE POULTRY PRODUCTS INSPECTION ACT- Section 5(a) of the Poultry Products Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 454(a)) is amended by adding the following paragraph at the end thereof:

      ‘(5) Upon application of an appropriate State agency with which the Secretary may cooperate under this Act, the Secretary shall reevaluate the applicant State’s poultry inspection program to verify that its mandatory requirements are at least equal to the Federal inspection, reinspection, and sanitation requirements of this Act.

        ‘(A) In the event that the Secretary verifies that the mandatory inspection requirements of the applicant State are at least equal to Federal inspection requirements, the limitation in paragraph (1) of this section that restricts poultry or poultry products inspected by the applicant State to intrastate distribution shall be waived by the Secretary.

        ‘(B) Following any waiver under subparagraph (A) of this paragraph, the Secretary is authorized to perform random inspections of State-inspected plants within the applicant State to ensure that the mandatory State inspection requirements employed therein are at least equal to the substantive Federal inspection requirements under title I of this Act.

        ‘(C) The Secretary may utilize Federal personnel, or may cooperate with the appropriate State agency under this Act to train and utilize State personnel, to perform any random inspections authorized by this paragraph.

        ‘(D) In the event that a random inspection performed under this paragraph discloses that a State-inspected plant is not employing mandatory inspection requirements at least equal to the substantive Federal inspection requirements of this Act, the Secretary shall reimpose the restriction against the interstate distribution of poultry and poultry products produced at that plant until a subsequent inspection verifies that the plant has reestablished mandatory inspection requirements at least equal to the substantive inspection Federal requirements of this Act.’.