What is it?
Meat processors have dramatically increased their exports to China while Americans suffer meat shortages — we need to change this immediately. The meat market in America has suffered a drastic change in buying patterns due to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) has a solution, the PRIME Act.
Here is everything you need to know about it.
The PRIME Act
The PRIME Act stands for the Processing Revival and Intrastate Meat Exemption Act. Its primary directives are to support small businesses and cut regulations and red tape.
Supporting Small Business
A major component of the PRIME Act is supporting small businesses and farms. These smaller enterprises are key to keeping the market afloat and Massie is looking to assist them by getting government out of the way!
Cutting Regulations and Red Tape
The main purpose of the PRIME Act is to cut onerous regulations that bog down a large portion of the meat industry. A lot of small producers can’t sell to grocery stores because of the regulations surrounding selling meat to grocers. Such regulations have a lot to do with staff and bigger businesses have no issue fulfilling them.
No Effect on Quality
The regulations that are targeted for elimination in the bill will have no effect on the quality and health of meat being sold. These small producers will still be held accountable to USDA standards and subject to random inspections by inspectors.
It’s Been on the Table for Years
The PRIME Act has been on the table for years with Rep. Massie working to propel it. Although it has failed to get off the ground, that may change due to recent events. Massie himself is a cattle farmer who knows what he is doing when it comes to this industry.
Big Business Sell-Outs
A big aspect of this act is targeting big businesses’ that have sold out to China in recent years. These companies see an opportunity to sell in China where there are little regulation and a lot of potential customers. They choose China over their own backyard for the sake of money. This act will level the playing field in America and give smaller businesses a chance to give the big dogs a run for their money.