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Senator Introduces Legislation That Would Stiffen Penalties For Slaughter Facilities Processing Downed Animals Of All Species

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

(American Meat Institute)Last week, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) introduced legislation that would shut down slaughter facilities that repeatedly process downed animals  of all species and proposes fines and other penalties for first and second time violators. 
Under this legislation, penalties would include:
• A fine for a first violation, based upon a percentage of the facility’s gross income. The percentage would be determined by the USDA Secretary.
• USDA inspection services would be suspended for one year following a second violation, effectively shutting down the facility during that time.
• A third violation would require the USDA to withdraw the facility’s Grant of Inspection – resulting in the permanent shutdown of the facility.
The bill also would require the USDA to release the names of establishments that have received recalled products.
The bill is being co-sponsored by Senators Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) and Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii).

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