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H.R. 547: DIRECT Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 28, 2021 (Introduced).


I

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 547

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 28, 2021

(for himself and Mr. Cuellar) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture

A BILL

To amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act to allow for the interstate internet sales of certain State-inspected meat and poultry, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Direct Interstate Retail Exemption for Certain Transactions Act or the DIRECT Act.

2.

Interstate internet sales of certain State-inspected meat

(a)

In general

Section 301 of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 661) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(1), by inserting or for distribution pursuant to the second sentence of subsection (c)(2) before the period at the end; and

(2)

in subsection (c)(2)—

(A)

in the first sentence, by inserting or by after conducted at each place it appears; and

(B)

by inserting after the first sentence the following: For the purposes of this paragraph, any retail store, restaurant, or similar retail-type establishment may sell over the internet and ship by carrier in commerce (other than for export to a foreign country) any State-inspected meat or meat food product, provided that the State-inspected meat or meat food product is shipped directly to household consumers and in normal retail quantities..

(b)

Technical amendments

Section 301 of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 661) is amended—

(1)

by striking he each place it appears and inserting the Secretary; and

(2)

in subsection (c)—

(A)

in paragraph (1), in the first sentence, by striking subparagraph (2) and inserting paragraph (2);

(B)

in paragraph (2)—

(i)

in the first sentence, by striking paragraph (c) and inserting subsection; and

(ii)

in the third sentence (as so redesignated), by striking subparagraph and inserting paragraph;

(C)

in paragraph (3)—

(i)

by striking paragraph (c) each place it appears and inserting subsection;

(ii)

by striking subparagraph (1) and inserting paragraph (1); and

(iii)

by striking this paragraph each place it appears and inserting this subsection; and

(D)

in paragraph (4), by striking paragraph (c) and inserting subsection.

3.

Interstate internet sales of certain State-inspected poultry

(a)

In general

Section 5 of the Poultry Products Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 454) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(1), by inserting or for distribution pursuant to the second sentence of subsection (c)(2) before the period at the end; and

(2)

in subsection (c)(2)—

(A)

in the first sentence, by inserting or by after conducted at each place it appears; and

(B)

by inserting after the first sentence the following: For the purposes of this paragraph, any retail store, restaurant, or similar retail-type establishment may sell over the internet and ship by carrier in commerce (other than for export to a foreign country) any State-inspected poultry product, provided that the State-inspected poultry product is shipped directly to household consumers and in normal retail quantities..

(b)

Technical amendments

Section 5 of the Poultry Products Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 454) is amended—

(1)

by striking he each place it appears and inserting the Secretary;

(2)

in subsection (a)(3), in the third sentence, by striking subparagraph (4) and inserting paragraph (4); and

(3)

in subsection (c)—

(A)

in paragraph (1)—

(i)

in the first sentence, by striking subparagraph (2) of this paragraph (c) and inserting paragraph (2); and

(ii)

in the fourth sentence, by striking subparagraph (a)(4) of this section and inserting subsection (a)(4);

(B)

in paragraph (2)—

(i)

in the first sentence, by striking paragraph (c) and inserting subsection; and

(ii)

in the third sentence (as so redesignated), by striking subparagraph and inserting paragraph;

(C)

in paragraph (3)—

(i)

by striking subparagraph (1) of this paragraph (c) and inserting paragraph (1);

(ii)

by striking paragraph (c) each place it appears and inserting subsection; and

(iii)

by striking this paragraph each place it appears and inserting this subsection; and

(D)

in paragraph (4), by striking paragraph (c) and inserting subsection.