New rules let Wis. meat packers sell across state lines

Published On: Jun 17 2013 05:17:35 PM CDT
PRAIRIE DU SAC, Wis. -

The first state-inspected meat processor has started shipping meat to other states, said Gov. Scott Walker Monday.

The change in shipping comes from a federal-state deal announced in 2011. Meatpacking companies usually can't ship across state lines unless their products are inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

But Wisconsin is one of three states to sign a deal with the federal government under USDA rules finalized in 2011. That deal makes interstate sales of state-inspected meat acceptable.

Walker said in a statement Monday that Prairie Du Sac-based Wyttenbach Meats, LLC, had become the first Wisconsin Company to start shipping products to other states under the agreement.

Wisconsin has 272 state-inspected meat plants, and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection said many others are interested in the program.