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Legislation could reduce obstacles between ranchers and consumers


February 4, 2021

MOSES LAKE — It is currently against the law in Washington to sell, trade, or give away meat that has not been certified by a federal inspector, even if it was prepared in a licensed facility and buyers know the rancher or producer.

The relationship between the states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regarding inspection of meat processing facilities is complicated. Any meat that is going to be sold across state lines must be inspected by the USDA.

Meat processed by custom slaughter facilities, absent a USDA inspection, is considered “uninspected” despite being held to t...

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