Niche Meat and Poultry Producers, Processors Participate in Stakeholder Roundtables

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) reports that it has been working closely with the Niche Meat Processors Assistance Network, the American Grassfed Association, and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) to ensure that FSIS’ regulatory approach is right-sized for small and very small meat processing plants. Through this effort, niche producers and processors participated in seven regional stakeholder roundtables where attendees held an open dialogue that directly addressed meat and poultry food safety, as well as the negative impacts of a one-size-fits-all regulatory framework. Five meetings were held in 2016, and two in 2019. NSAC reported on issues raised at the meetings and next steps in the effort.