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May 22, 2020
By Sarah CatoU of A System Division of Agriculture
(385 words)(Newsrooms: with art at https://flic.kr/p/2ipfvw1 and https://flic.kr/p/ZLRKCj)(Download this story uin MS Word format here.)
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – With meat and poultry processing crippled by COVID-19 closures,
some producers with a backlog of animals are seeking other means to process their
stock, including smaller processing facilities. Additionally, interest is growing
in the necessary steps to open and maintain these types of facilities. However, there
are numerous considerations for both groups to examine, Elizabeth Rumley, a Senior
Staff Attorney at the National Agricultural Law Center, said.
Slaughter and processing facilities must meet sanitation, building, and sometimes
inspection requirements, which differ depending on the services the facility provides,
who its customers are and in what state it operates.
Livestock processing in the United States is regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Food and Safety Inspection Service, or USDA-FSIS. That authority may be delegated
to a state agency, if that state chooses to apply for it, as long as the state requirements
are “at least equal to” those enforced by USDA-FSIS.
Federal vs. state“State inspection programs add another layer of laws and regulations to meat and poultry
processing requirements in those states that have implemented them,” Rumley said.
“The substantive difference between the state and federal inspection is that that
state programs, with some exceptions, only allow for meat processed in these facilities
to be sold within the state, while FSIS inspected facilities can export meat to other
states and countries.”
Rumley added that these differences go one step further once the type of facility
“Exceptions and exclusions such as those for custom slaughter plants and small poultry
processing facilities may change the processing oversight and requirements even further,”
To help individuals navigate the complexity of the requirements for slaughter and
processing facilities, the National Agricultural Law Center is hosting a free webinar
to discuss the agencies with authority over the slaughter and processing of meat and
poultry, differences between state and federal oversight, proposed federal legislation
that may change processing requirements and additional challenges facing small meat
The webinar will be held June 3 at noon EDT/11 a.m. CDT, and will be led by Elizabeth
Rumley and NALC Senior Staff Attorney Rusty Rumley.
Register online for the webinar at https://bit.ly/2y9P3qG.
For more information on meat processing laws in the United States, visit https://bit.ly/2SEz4bj.
To see more about the economics of COVID-19 and meat processing, visit https://bit.ly/2XiWCnt.
For more information on the National Agricultural Law Center, visit https://nationalaglawcenter.org/ or follow @Nataglaw on Twitter.
About the National Agricultural Law Center
The National Agricultural Law Center serves as the nation’s leading source of agricultural
and food law research and information. The Center works with producers, state and
federal policymakers, Congressional staffers, attorneys, land grant universities,
and many others to provide objective, nonpartisan agricultural and food law research
and information to the nation’s agricultural community.
The Center is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
and works in close partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, National
About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen
agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption
of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative
Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work
within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas
System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal
access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to
participate or need materials in another format, please contact 479-575-4607 as soon
as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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Media Contact:Sarah CatoNational Agricultural Law CenterUniversity of Arkansas System Division of Agriculturesscato@uark.edu870-815-9035