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Lamb Reporting Requirements Final Rule Issued

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued a final rule amending the Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) requirements for lamb stipulated in the Agriculture Reauthorization Act of 2015. The term “packer” has been revised to include any person with 50 percent or more ownership in a facility that slaughtered or processed an average of 35,000 lambs during the immediately preceding five calendar years, or that did not slaughter or process an average of 35,000 lambs during the immediately preceding five calendar years if the Secretary of Agriculture determines that the processing plant should be considered a packer after reviewing its capacity. The definition of an “importer” includes any person that imported an average of 1,000 metric tons of lamb-meat products per year during the immediately preceding four calendar years, or did not import an average 1,000 metric tons of lamb meat products during the immediately preceding four calendar years and the Secretary of Agriculture determines that the person should be considered an importer based on their volume of lamb imports. The final rule modifies the definitions of packer and importer within the first 180 days after enactment. The rule takes effect May 31, 2016.

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