Subject: Updated Resources For PRIME Act Struggle

Hi Friend,

A recent survey among Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) members indicates that members’ top concerns include the unavailability of meat processors and regulations that interfere with the ability of farmers and ranchers to deliver farm products directly to the consumer. Plus many FTCLDF members are being quoted dates for slaughter and processing well into 2022. 

COVID-19 created instability in the nation’s food supply as numerous plants closed in the wake of outbreaks. But consumer demand for local sustainably grown foods is increasing. Consumers want to know how their food is grown and processed, are interested in a shorter supply chain, and wish to support local producers.

The consolidation of the U.S. meat processing industry was already particularly difficult on smaller, local operations. Local processing plants that satisfy the USDA or state requirements are in short supply. These often will not accept small quantities for processing, thus making it nearly impossible for smaller meat producers to ensure inspection of products for sale to consumers. 

The solution to meet demand and stabilize the nation’s food supply is passage of the Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption (PRIME) Act. The PRIME Act would repeal the ban on sale of meat processed by “custom slaughterhouses” that meet federal and state regulatory standards. Federal law regulates these facilities and states are free to develop additional regulations of the industry to ensure safety while increasing access to wholesome food.

We have gathered additional resources on the PRIME Act, including a Fact Sheet, articles, and a more thorough discussion of the existing regulations of custom facilities that ensure food safety. Find out more on the PRIME Act and what you can do HERE.

In good health,

Alexia Kulwiec
Executive Director | 703-208-FARM (3276) |
8116 Arlington Blvd Suite #263, Falls Church, VA 22042, United States
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