Due to a change in an administrative rule, Wisconsin’s specialty meat plants inspected by the state will soon be able to sell their products across state lines for the first time. Currently, only meat from plants inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture can be sold across state lines while food processing plants that choose to be inspected by state inspectors cannot. There is no difference in the food safety standards on state and federal levels.
Wisconsin’s Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protect will amend a current administrative rule, ATCP 55, which will allow this change and help to expand food processor’s markets. This is a change will benefit specialty meat and food processors by expanding their markets.