May 5, 2021

Colorado, US bill to deregulate meat sales signed



Jared Polis, Governor of Colorado, the United States, had signed into law last month a bipartisan bill, SB21-79, allowing people to buy shares of animals - including cattle, pigs and sheep - before they are butchered.


Producers also will be able to distribute the shares without it needing to be inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture.


These sales already take place in parts of Colorado, but the bill formalises the process. Producers will have to inform customers up front that the meat hasn't been inspected by the government, and those customers will not be allowed to sue if they get sick.


Polis called "food freedom" an "important American value."


"It would be better if this was federal," he said of the state's new policy. "Because we all know Colorado meat is the best. It could be sold in Nebraska and Texas and California."


The law unanimously passed both chambers of the legislature and takes effect immediately. It applies only to cattle, calves, sheep, elk, bison, goats, hogs and rabbits.


Other mammals and fish aren't included.


- The Denver Post