Big Meat corporations want Congress to bail them out . . . even though the COVID-19 crisis has exposed how the industrial meat model—with its disease-ridden slaughterhouses and its unjust and monopolistic practices—is a total failure.
Isn’t it about time Congress funded local meat processors who help build food and economic security for your community? Instead of absentee corporations that extract resources and profits, but care nothing about your community’s health or wealth?
The Small Packer Overtime and Holiday Fee Relief for COVID-19 Act would provide support to small meatpacking plants that are operating longer hours during the COVID-19 pandemic to meet growing demand for local meat.
Meat has to be inspected by employees of the U.S. Department of Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The FSIS charges meatpacking plants a fee for overtime and holiday hours paid to food inspectors. Large corporations can absorb those extra costs when they keep plants open for longer hours—but most smaller meatpacking plants can’t.
The Small Packer Overtime and Holiday Fee Relief COVID-19 Act would provide funding to FSIS to reduce fees charged to small meatpacking plants when they request overtime and holiday inspection services.
There’s never been a better time to transform how meat is produced and processed in this country. Passing this legislation is a good first step.