CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming’s U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney on Tuesday introduced legislation related to an effort to allow state-inspected meat to be sold across state lines.
Cheney’s office said that the legislation she introduced on Tuesday is an update to a bill she introduced in March.
“The new language, which can be read here, ensures that all products have an identification number and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is able to access that information to ensure product traceability,” Cheney’s office said.
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Cheney’s actions have received praise from Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon as well as agricultural leaders in the state.
“Representative Cheney’s bill would finally acknowledge equity of Wyoming’s state inspection program and federal inspection requirements,” Gordon said in the press release from Cheney’s office. “Passage of this act would allow our hardworking state inspectors and the Department of Agriculture to better serve our producers and help Wyoming export high-quality products to additional markets. I fully support this concept and appreciate Representative Cheney’s efforts.”
Others supporters cited in the press release from Cheney’s office include:
- Wyoming Department of Agriculture Director Doug Miyamoto
- Wyoming Stock Growers Association Executive Vice President Jim Magagna
- a statement from the Wyoming Farm Bureau
“The Wyoming Stock Growers Association thanks Congresswoman Cheney for introducing legislation allowing for interstate sales of state-inspected meat,” Magagna said. “Wyoming, until recently, had no federally inspected processing facilities, putting our livestock producers at a clear disadvantage in being unable to process their beef in-state to meet consumer demand in neighboring states and beyond. This discrimination against state-processed meat has no basis in food safety as our state inspection program is federally approved by the FSIS and must meet all of the same standards as federal inspection.”
Cheney said in the press release that the legislation would help ranchers and livestock producers get their products to more markets.
“Not only will this legislation help these producers move additional product and boost their bottom line, but it will increase the supply for consumers, leading to more reasonable costs and helping the economy as a whole while ensuring the meat going to market is safe,” Cheney said. “I will always look for areas where we can cut unnecessary government red-tape and empower the free market to do what it does best, which is generate capital and open more doors for those in the private sector.”
Cheney’s office said that she previously introduced similar legislation in 2020.