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Iowa Meat Processor Approved for Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program

Members of the Iowa Meat Processors Association approached the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship in 2019 about implementing the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) Cooperative Interstate Shipment (CIS) program to help small meat processing facilities grow their businesses. Under the CIS program, smaller, state-inspected facilities can remain under state inspection but are allowed to apply a federal-style mark of inspection and sell products across state lines. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig signed the CIS agreement with USDA FSIS on May 20, 2020, and the first processing facility, Story City Locker, LLC, has been approved for the program. There are 68 meat processing facilities in the state of Iowa that are eligible for the CIS program and, to date, 14 meat processing facilities have applied for it. Secretary Naig commented, “We pursued the CIS program to help small Iowa businesses grow, and give consumers more access to Iowa-grown meat and poultry products.”