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Inspection of Farm Grounds and Facilities in Missouri

January 22, 2021
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WRITTEN BY Eleni Bickell

House Bill 574 would limit who can conduct on-farm inspections of animal agricultural operations within the state to only those who are authorized by the federal or Missouri law to keep the commercial supply of these products safe.

The bill specifies that representatives from the Missouri and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the county sheriff and any other federal or Missouri state agency with statutory or regulatory authority have the exclusive authority to inspect Missouri farms that raise livestock, eggs, milk or other dairy products, or other animals.

The bill modifies the inspection authority of the facilities that produce meat, eggs and poultry, so the existing safety regulations outside the farm grounds or facilities would not be affected.

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