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114th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3187


To amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act to exempt from inspection the slaughter of animals and the preparation of carcasses conducted at a custom slaughter facility, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 23, 2015

Mr. Massie (for himself, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Jones, and Mr. Polis) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture


A BILL

To amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act to exempt from inspection the slaughter of animals and the preparation of carcasses conducted at a custom slaughter facility, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption Act” or the “PRIME Act”.

SEC. 2. Exemption for slaughter and preparation occurring at custom slaughter facilities.

Section 23 of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 623) is amended—

(1) by redesignating paragraphs (b), (c), and (d) as paragraphs (c), (d), and (e), respectively;

(2) by inserting after paragraph (a) the following new paragraph:

“(b)(1) The provisions of this title requiring inspection of the slaughter of animals and the preparation of the carcasses, parts thereof, meat and meat food products at establishments conducting such operations for commerce shall not apply to the slaughtering by any person of animals at a custom slaughter facility, and the preparation at such custom slaughter facility and transportation in commerce of the carcasses, parts thereof, meat and meat food products of such animals if—

“(A) the slaughtering and preparation carried out at such custom slaughter facility is carried out in accordance with the law of the State in which the custom slaughter facility is located; and

“(B) the animals are so slaughtered and the carcasses, parts thereof, meat and meat food products of such animals are so prepared exclusively for distribution to—

“(i) household consumers within the State; and

“(ii) restaurants, hotels, boarding houses, grocery stores, or other establishments located in such State that—

“(I) are involved in the preparation of meals served directly to consumers; or

“(II) offer meat and meat food products for sale directly to consumers in the State.

“(2) For purposes of subparagraph (1), the term ‘State’ means each State of the United States, the District of Columbia, and each territory or possession of the United States.”; and

(3) in paragraph (c) (as redesignated by paragraph (1)), in the second sentence, by striking “paragraph (b)” and inserting “paragraph (c)”.

SEC. 3. No preemption of State law.

The amendments made by section 1 shall not be construed as preempting any State law that concerns the slaughter of animals or the preparation of carcasses, parts thereof, meat and meat food products at a custom slaughter facility, or the sale of meat or meat food products.