Text: S.1620 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

There is one version of the bill.

Text available as:

Shown Here:
Introduced in Senate (05/22/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1620


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 SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 22, 2019

Mr. King (for himself, Mr. Paul, and Mr. Alexander) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry


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 subsections (b), (c), and (d) as subsections (c), (d), and (e), respectively;

(2) by inserting after subsection (a) the following:

“(b) Exemption for slaughter and preparation occurring at custom slaughter facilities.—

“(1) DEFINITION OF STATE.—In this subsection, the term ‘State’ means any State or Territory.

“(2) EXEMPTION.—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 those operations for commerce shall not apply to the slaughtering by any person of animals at a custom slaughter facility and the preparation at that custom slaughter facility and transportation in commerce of the carcasses, parts thereof, meat, and meat food products of those animals if—

“(A) the slaughtering and preparation carried out at the 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 slaughtered and the carcasses, parts thereof, meat, and meat food products of the animals are prepared exclusively for distribution to—

“(i) household consumers within the State in which the custom slaughter facility is located; or

“(ii) restaurants, hotels, boarding houses, grocery stores, or other establishments located in the State in which the custom slaughter facility is located 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.”; and

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

SEC. 3. No preemption of State law.

Nothing in an amendment made by section 2 preempts any State law relating to—

(1) the slaughter of animals or the preparation of carcasses, parts thereof, meat, and meat food products at a custom slaughter facility; or

(2) the sale of meat or meat food products.