U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds, R-SD, and Angus King, I-ME, have introduced the New Markets for State-Inspected Meat and Poultry Act. The bipartisan bill would allow meat and poultry products sales across state lines if they have been inspected through state Meat and Poultry Inspection (MPI) programs.
Currently, there are 27 states with inspection programs, certified by USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), that meet or exceed federal inspection standards. However, products processed at these FSIS approved state MPI inspected facilities are not currently allowed to be sold across state lines. Read more