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Deregulate Meat Sales Direct To Consumers

Concerning the sale of animals for consumption to informed end consumers in a manner that exempts the sale from certain laws.
2021 Regular Session
Business & Economic Development
Bill Summary

Section 1 of the bill allows a person to sell, without licensure, regulation, or inspection by a public health agency, poultry meat, rabbit meat or fish meat if the animal was raised by the seller and to sell shares in the meat of an animal, which includes cattle, calves, sheep, poultry, hogs, bison, goats, and rabbits, and fish, for future delivery if:

  • The person displays, at the point of sale, a conspicuous disclaimer, or gives the purchaser a document with a disclaimer, that:
  • The seller is not licensed and the animals or meat are not subject to state regulation or inspection by a public health agency; and
  • The animals or meat are not intended for resale; and
  • The animals or meat are delivered directly from the seller to an informed end consumer and are sold only in Colorado. and the sale does not involve interstate commerce.

The purchaser is prohibited from reselling the animal or meat. The bill clarifies that the seller is not liable in a civil action for damages caused by inadequately cooking or improperly preparing the animal or meat for consumption.

Section 2 limits the number of brand inspections for an animal share sale to a single inspection before slaughter. Each purchaser must be listed on the inspection certificate. The state board of stock inspection commissioners will promulgate rules establishing procedures for a single inspection.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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