Resolution in Support of The Prime Act

Summary

This resolution expresses a state’s support for the Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption Act or the PRIME Act. The PRIME act mends the Federal Meat Inspection Act to permit intrastate distribution of custom-slaughtered meat such as beef, pork, or lamb to consumers, restaurants, hotels, boarding houses, and grocery stores.

Resolution in Support of The Prime Act

WHEREAS, the COVID19 pandemic has shown the importance of a robust food supply;

WHEREAS, four major processors handle over 90% of the nation’s meat production;

WHEREAS, consumer preference for locally produced food is a popular and growing trend;

WHEREAS, current federal law prohibits intrastate sale of meat from a farmer to anyone outside their family, friends, or employees unless it has been processed at a federally inspected facility;

WHEREAS, federally inspected meat processing facilities may be prohibitively far from farmers wishing to sell locally;

WHEREAS, states should be given the opportunity to regulate the processing and sale of meat within their borders as part of a federalist political system;

WHEREAS, the Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption Act, or the PRIME Act, amends the Federal Meat Inspection Act to permit intrastate distribution of custom-slaughtered meat such as beef, pork, or lamb to consumers, restaurants, hotels, boarding houses, and grocery stores;

WHEREAS, intrastate processing and sale of meat strengthens America’s food supply by increasing the number of processing facilities in the United States;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that {State} supports federal passage of the Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption Act or PRIME Act.