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No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 410 would exempt low-volume livestock processors who process fewer than 500 domestic rabbits annually from certain state inspections if they are exempt from federal inspections.
The Senate committee substitute also adds statutory definitions for beef, chicken, lamb, meat, pork, rabbit, and turkey and stipulates that a food product is misbranded if the food product is misrepresented as harvested meat through the use of false or misleading advertising or labeling. It would also be misbranded if labeling any part of the food product's labeling including the above defined terms or any common variation of those terms and the product does not contain the product described by the term listed on the label. Basically if you call something meat, or a certain type of meat, and that's not what it is it's misbranded.
Texas Action recommends to supporting HB 410 because it advances our principle of limited government and individual liberty by removing an onerous regulatory burden for low-volume domestic rabbit processors. The misbranding language added in the Senate neither affirms nor offends our liberty principles and we remain neutral on those provisions of the bill.