USA: Senate closes meatpacker ownership loophole
The Senate yesterday [Wednesday] unanimously approved a bill that will close a loophole in current US law, and ensure that meatpackers cannot own livestock in Iowa. Senator Mark Zieman (R-Postville) explained that the bill was drafted by legislators in a bid to clarify the language on the state's ban and prevent the occurrence of another case such as that of Smithfield Foods' purchase of hog production operations from Murphy Family Farms.
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