Plants receive assistance

Plants receive assistance The US Department of Agriculture and the Federal Safety Inspection Service recently announced that all small meat plants must comply with new food safety rules. Governor Bill Janklow is helping the small meat plants in South Dakota by making it easier for the plants to comply with the new federal rules.

Janklow said bringing an accredited instructor and program to South Dakota will cost about half of what such a course would cost in other states. The course will be held in Brookings in a two part series. The first in the series will be offered in September, with a follow-up session next Spring. Small meat plants must meet the new rules by January 25, 2000.

Janklow explained that there are over 60 small meat plants in South Dakota that employ over 300 people. They slaughter over 40,000 animals per year and market over 10 million pounds of meat products to SD.

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