Wholesome Meat Act

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Wholesome Meat Act
Great Seal of the United States
Long titleAn Act to clarify and otherwise amend the Meat Inspection Act, to provide for cooperation with appropriate State agencies with respect to State meat inspection programs, and for other purposes.
Acronyms (colloquial)WMA
NicknamesWholesome Meat Act of 1967
Enacted bythe 90th United States Congress
EffectiveDecember 15, 1967
Public law90-201
Statutes at Large81 Stat. 584
Acts amendedFederal Meat Inspection Act
Titles amended21 U.S.C.: Food and Drugs
U.S.C. sections amended21 U.S.C. ch. 12 § 601 et seq.
Legislative history
  • Introduced in the House as H.R. 12144 by Graham B. Purcell Jr. (DTX)
  • Committee consideration by House Agriculture, Senate Agriculture and Forestry
  • Passed the House on October 31, 1967 (402-1)
  • Passed the Senate on November 28, 1967 (89-2)
  • Reported by the joint conference committee on November 29, 1967; agreed to by the House on December 6, 1967 (336-28) and by the Senate on December 6, 1967 (Agreed)
  • Signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on December 15, 1967

The Wholesome Meat Act (also called "Equal To" law) is a United States federal law passed by the 90th United States Congressional session and enacted into law by United States President Lyndon B. Johnson on December 15, 1967,[1] amending the Federal Meat Inspection Act of 1906 which established a statute for federal meat inspection programs.[2] It requires that states have inspection programs "equal to" that of the federal government which are administered by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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  1. ^ Gerhard Peters; John T. Woolley. "Lyndon B. Johnson: "Remarks Upon Signing Bill Amending the Meat Inspection Act.," December 15, 1967". The American. University of California - Santa Barbara.
  2. ^ Board, Institute of Medicine (US) Food and Nutrition (1990). INTRODUCTION AND HISTORICAL REVIEW OF MEAT INSPECTION. National Academies Press (US).

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