South Dakota Congressman Dusty Johnson has reintroduced his proposal to allow state inspected meat to be sold across state lines through e-commerce. In Johnson’s view, there are a lot of small processors that don’t want to take on the expense of federal inspection. Johnson’s bill would allow these processors to develop new products for a broad market. “I’ll give you an example. The SDSU meat lab is state inspected and they could develop a jackrabbit jerky and market that to SDSU alumni across the country.” The needs of the small processing plants came to light when large packing plants slowed down production or closed when COVID-19 hit their business.
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