06.23.20

Daines Sends Bipartisan Letter to USDA on Regulatory Relief for the Meat Processing Industry

U.S. SENATE – U.S. Senator Steve Daines today sent a bipartisan letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue asking him to consider four areas for regulatory and programmatic reform in the meat processing industry. 

“When high-capacity processing facilities experienced outbreaks amongst employees, operations were forced to shut-off or slow down production, leaving the rancher with livestock they could not move and the consumer with either empty grocery shelves or overpriced products,” Daines wrote. “These pitfalls can be avoided in the future if we take action today to promote a diversified food supply chain. Regulations must be streamlined to remove barriers impeding small and medium-sized meat processors.”

Click HERE to read the full letter.

Senator Daines joined the letter with Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Ron Wyden (D-OR), John Barrasso (R-WY), Doug Jones (D-AL), Mike Enzi (R-WY), and John Hoeven (R-ND).