Argall Proposal to Eliminate Potato Packaging
Requirements Clears Senate Committee
October 29, 2013- Hanson Quickel
HARRISBURG – The Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs
Committee unanimously passed a proposal that would eliminate potato packaging
requirements in Pennsylvania, according to the bill sponsor Senator David G.
“This is the type of bureaucratic red tape that drives
people nuts,” Argall said. “Maybe the law made sense many decades ago, but with
increased competition from other states and the demands of consumers and retail
partners, it’s time to relieve our potato farmers of this onerous restriction.”
Argall’s proposal, Senate Bill 1131, would strip the
current weight requirements for potato bags. Currently, potatoes must be
packaged in containers for sale in Pennsylvania weighing 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, 25,
50, 100 and multiples of 100 pounds. Argall states that the current law is red
tape for local potato farmers due to consumer and retailer demands.