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Meat Institute Welcomes USDA Rescission of GIPSA Rule

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Washington, DC — North American Meat Institute President and CEO Barry Carpenter applauded today’s announcement that the Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA or the agency) is rescinding an interim final rule (IFR) regarding the scope of the Packers and Stockyards Act.

“We appreciate Secretary Perdue and the agency carefully considering the many comments submitted, including strong opposition from many livestock and poultry producers who recognized the interim final rule would have greatly harmed the entire industry,” said Carpenter. “The Secretary and his staff recognized the considerable harm the rule would have done to those farmers and ranchers, as well as consumers, retailers, and meat packers and processors.”

The IFR was originally published in October 2016, near the end of the Obama administration, and was set to take effect in February 2017, before it was delayed by the new administration. The IFR attempted to renew a proposal rejected by Congress through four funding bills and directly circumvented the rulings of eight separate federal appeals courts . The IFR would have greatly limited marketing agreements that allow the industry to meet consumer demand for various animal handling and production requirements, such as organic, grass fed, raised without an antibiotics and others, limiting the availability of these products for consumers.

“The Meat Institute has long argued the IFR was inconsistent with the existing statute, years of judicial precedent, and the will of Congress, with a price tag in the billions. The administration’s fresh look shows it’s time to move on from this irresponsible rule,” Carpenter said.

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