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7 U.S. Code § 198b - Report on the Secretary’s jurisdiction, power, duties, and authorities

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(a) Definition of packer

In this section, the term “packer” has the meaning given the term in section 191 of this title.

(b) ReportNot later than 90 days after October 22, 1999, the Comptroller General of the United States shall provide to the Committee on Agriculture of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry of the Senate a report describing the jurisdiction, powers, duties, and authorities of the Secretary that relate to packers and other persons involved in procuring, slaughtering, or processing swine, pork, or pork products that are covered by this Act and other laws, including—
the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 41 et seq.), especially sections 6, 8, 9, and 10 of that Act (15 U.S.C. 46, 48, 49, and 50); and
(c) ContentsThe Comptroller General shall include in the report an analysis of—
burdens on and obstructions to commerce in swine, pork, and pork products by packers, and other persons that enter into arrangements with the packers, that are contrary to, or do not protect, the public interest;
noncompetitive pricing arrangements between or among packers, or other persons involved in the processing, distribution, or sale of pork and pork products, including arrangements provided for in contracts for the purchase of swine;
the effective monitoring of contracts entered into between packers and swine producers;
(4) investigations that relate to, and affect, the disclosure of—
transactions involved in the business conduct and practices of packers; and
the pricing of swine paid to producers by packers and the pricing of products in the pork and pork product merchandising chain;
the adequacy of the authority of the Secretary to prevent a packer from unjustly or arbitrarily refusing to offer a producer, or disqualifying a producer from eligibility for, a particular contract or type of contract for the purchase of swine; and
the ability of the Secretary to cooperate with and enhance the enforcement of actions initiated by other Federal departments and agencies, or Federal independent agencies, to protect trade and commerce in the pork and pork product industries against unlawful restraints and monopolies.
(Aug. 15, 1921, ch. 64, title II, § 223, as added Pub. L. 106–78, title IX, § 934(2), Oct. 22, 1999, 113 Stat. 1209.)
Termination of Section

For termination of section by section 942 of Pub. L. 106–78, see Livestock Mandatory Reporting note set out under section 1635 of this title.

Editorial Notes
References in Text

The Federal Trade Commission Act, referred to in subsec. (b)(1), is act Sept. 26, 1914, ch. 311, 38 Stat. 717, which is classified generally to subchapter I (§ 41 et seq.) of chapter 2 of Title 15, Commerce and Trade. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see section 58 of Title 15 and Tables.

The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, referred to in subsec. (b)(2), is title II of act Aug. 14, 1946, ch. 966, 60 Stat. 1087, which is classified generally to chapter 38 (§ 1621 et seq.) of this title. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 1621 of this title and Tables.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Termination Date

Section to terminate Sept. 30, 2022, see section 942 of Pub. L. 106–78, set out in a Livestock Mandatory Reporting note under section 1635 of this title. Section 942 of Pub. L. 106–78 to be applied by substituting “September 30, 2021” for “September 30, 2020”, see section 401 of Pub. L. 116–260, set out as a Mandatory Livestock Reporting Extension note under section 1636i of this title.