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NEW LEGISLATION ASSURES  MANDATORY USDA INSPECTION FOR EMU PRODUCERS

 DALLAS, TX --- On Oct. 28, President William Jefferson Clinton signed H.R. 4461 into law, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act for FY 2001.

The Act, which fully funds the president's Food Safety Initiative at $383 million (a $57 million increase over FY 2000) provides, among other mandates, a mandatory USDA inspection of ratite meat at processing. Ratites include Emu, Ostrich and Rhea. Until the bill was passed, ratite producers had to pay for USDA inspections each time birds were processed.

The American Emu Association has been aggressively lobbying for this outcome for the past two years and Neil Williams, AEA president, said signing H.R. 4461 into law would make it possible for emu producers around the country to become more profitable. "The membership of the American Emu Association have put great effort into bringing our needs to the attention of the Congress, and needless to say, we are ecstatic with the President's signing this bill into law.

"We've seen several producers go out of business over the past 12 months because they could no longer afford to shoulder the costs of processing," Williams said.  "This bill will assist each of our members in holding their ground in the marketplace as the industry continues to grow.  Presently, we are seeing a growth in demand for emu products and we assume that this exciting trend will continue."

Increasing demand for emu meat products has come on the heels of a USDA  report from The University of  Wisconsin-Madison which determined that emu meat was lower in fat and higher in protein than all other alternative red meats as well as turkey and chicken.  "As consumers, especially those who are concerned about lowering the fat content in their diets, became aware of the University of Wisconsin research, emu producers began receiving more orders for their meat products," Williams explained. "And we are particularly pleased to see the demand coming from all parts of the country and from all sectors of the economy - from individual homemakers, from nursing homes and hospitals and from five-star restaurants and celebrity chefs who are now incorporating emu meat into their menus on a regular basis."

In effect, HR 4461 will allow emu producers across the country to provide processed meat products at a lower cost, which, in turn, will make emu products more competitive with traditional meat products.

The bill, which received support from a majority of the Congress, not only improves the safety of the food supply by funding increased inspection activities for domestic and imported foods but also provides critical funding for the nation's farmers and ranchers and offers assistance to low-income families and rural communities.  

Additionally, with the signing of H.R. 4461 into law, loans and grants for priority rural development programs will increase to $9.9 billion this year, up $2.7 billion over fiscal year 2000. "These funds will help diversify the rural economy, improve quality of life in rural communities and bring more rural areas across the "economic divide" that separates too many parts of the country from the economic expansion currently underway," Williams said. "And the Act will also provide over $100 million in loans and grants to finance local Internet service and broadband transmission into rural areas."

Williams expressed his appreciation to Jeanne Summerour, the AEA's legislative liaison, to Margaret Pounder, executive director of AEA, the association's board of directors and to the scores of members who have worked diligently to secure this important bill and its passage.  "This bill will allow our industry to take another giant step forward in the process of expanding our markets," Williams pointed out, "and its impact will serve to encourage small producers to continue their efforts to provide emu meat products to the expanding American marketplace."

Editors note:  Mandatory USDA inspection has already been provided for the beef, pork and poultry industries for many years.  

 

        Emu's Zine does not diagnose, prescribe or dispense medical advice.  We report and attempt to educate the public about the possible health benefits derived through the use of emu oil based products and consumption of low cholesterol, low fat emu meat.   This site contains personal testimonies and professional observations.   We encourage people to contact their family physicians regarding any health problems they may have for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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