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Meat Institute, Other Groups Urge USDA to Permit Public Comment on GIPSA Livestock and Poultry Marketing Rule

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute and four other meat, poultry and livestock groups today wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging him to allow public comment if the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) proceeds with certain portions of a controversial livestock and poultry marketing rule originally proposed in 2010 and strongly opposed by the meat, poultry and livestock sectors.

"Although GIPSA provided an opportunity for affected stakeholders to comment on the Proposed Rule, more than six years have passed since its publication," the letter said. "If the agency relies only on the administrative record as it existed when the comment period closed in November 2010, it is affirmatively choosing to ignore the many changes in and evolution of the livestock, meat and poultry industry during the past six years and would publish a rule on a record that can only be described as stale and not developed in a 'timely fashion,'" the letter continued. Vilsack will appear before the Senate Agriculture Committee Wednesday.

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