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Deregulate Meat Sales Direct To Consumers

Concerning the sale of animals for consumption to informed end consumers in a manner that exempts the sale from certain laws.
2021 Regular Session
Business & Economic Development
Bill Summary

The act allows a person to sell, without licensure, regulation, or inspection by a public health agency, rabbit meat if the animal was raised and processed by the seller and to sell shares in the meat of an animal, which includes cattle, calves, elk, sheep, hogs, bison, goats, and rabbits, but not fish, for future delivery if:

  • The person displays at the point of sale a disclaimer or gives the purchaser a document with a disclaimer that:
  • The seller is not licensed and the animals or meat are not subject to state regulation or inspection by a public health agency; and
  • The animals or meat are not intended for resale; and
  • The animals or meat are delivered directly from the seller to an informed end consumer and are sold only in Colorado.

The purchaser is prohibited from reselling the animal, animal share, or meat. A seller is not liable in a civil action for damages caused by inadequately cooking or improperly preparing the animal or meat for consumption.

The act also limits the number of brand inspections for an animal share sale to a single inspection before slaughter. The state board of stock inspection commissioners will promulgate rules establishing procedures for a single inspection.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details