Regional district gains ally in meat processing fight

Liberal MLA from the Cariboo is pushing government for changes

 

The Regional District of North Okanagan has gained support in its battle to have provincial meat processing rules eased.

Donna Barnett, parliamentary secretary for rural communities, told the RDNO board Wednesday that she is concerned about the impact the rules have had on farmers across B.C.

“We’re putting people out of business and in rural communities, this hurts a lot of people,” said the Cariboo-Chilcotin Liberal MLA.

RDNO wants the government to issue class D and E meat inspection licences so on-farm slaughtering can occur.

The number of local producers has gone from 1,200 to 300 since the regulations came into force in 2007.

Look for more in Friday’s Morning Star.