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Angus King proposes bill to help local farms distribute meat within state borders

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 11:21 AM EDT
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Maine (WABI) - Senator Angus King is proposing a bill that would give each state the option to allow intrastate distribution of meat products.

It’s a push to help local farms and ranches around the country.

King says cyberattacks have exposed weaknesses in the global food supply chain.

Just this week, there was a ransomware attack on JBS, the world’s largest meat processor, that forced them to shut down nine plants in the U.S.

King’s bill would allow local meat producers more options to sell, distribute, and process their meats.

Under current law, farmers and ranchers must have their animals processed at at USDA certified facility to sell their products commercially.

Many states, including Maine, have a limited number of those facilities that are often at capacity.

As it stands now, a Maine farmer could have to send their animals across the state for processing just so they can sell the product to a neighbor down the road.

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