H. R. 2859
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
May 21, 2019
Mr. Massie (for himself, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Amash, Mr. Biggs, Mr. Duncan, Mr. Garamendi, Mr. Huffman, Mr. King of Iowa, Mr. Meadows, Mr. Perry, and Ms. Stefanik) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture
To amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act to exempt from inspection the slaughter of animals and the preparation of carcasses conducted at a custom slaughter facility, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption Act or the
Exemption for slaughter and preparation occurring at custom slaughter facilities
Section 23 of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 623) is amended—
by redesignating paragraphs (b), (c), and (d) as paragraphs (c), (d), and (e), respectively;
by inserting after paragraph (a) the following new paragraph:
The provisions of this title requiring inspection of the slaughter of animals and the preparation of the carcasses, parts thereof, meat and meat food products at establishments conducting such operations for commerce shall not apply to the slaughtering by any person of animals at a custom slaughter facility, and the preparation at such custom slaughter facility and transportation in commerce of the carcasses, parts thereof, meat and meat food products of such animals if—
the slaughtering and preparation carried out at such custom slaughter facility is carried out in accordance with the law of the State in which the custom slaughter facility is located; and
the animals are so slaughtered and the carcasses, parts thereof, meat and meat food products of such animals are so prepared exclusively for distribution to—
household consumers within the State; and
restaurants, hotels, boarding houses, grocery stores, or other establishments located in such State that—
are involved in the preparation of meals served directly to consumers; or
offer meat and meat food products for sale directly to consumers in the State.
For purposes of subparagraph (1), the term
State means each State of the United States, the District of Columbia, and each territory or possession of the United States.
in paragraph (c) (as redesignated by paragraph (1)), in the second sentence, by striking
paragraph (b) and inserting
No preemption of State law
The amendments made by section 2 shall not be construed as preempting any State law that concerns the slaughter of animals or the preparation of carcasses, parts thereof, meat and meat food products at a custom slaughter facility, or the sale of meat or meat food products.