Independent Poultry Processors Benefit From Law

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TOWN OF CLINTON, Wis. (AP) -- A recently revised federal law has already meant more business for at least one small poultry processor from southern Wisconsin.

Brian Lutzow, of Twin Cities Pack in Rock County, is one of a few independent poultry processing plants in Wisconsin. His company is the second in the Badger State to become certified for interstate shipping. Wyttenbach Meats in Prairie du Sac was the first.

Until the federal law was recently changed, Lutzow and other small processors were at a disadvantage because they were prevented from shipping birds across state lines. The 1960 Meat Inspection Act said chicken, beef and other meat products sold in retail settings had to be processed in the same state.

Lutzow tells The Janesville Gazette the change has already meant more business.

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