Brant’s Meat Market owners say government regulations forced them out of business
Because of a federal regulation now being enforced, Friday was the last day Brant’s Meat Market in Lucas was open.
U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors have suddenly been enforcing a requirement for documentation that’s been on the books since 2000, Rep. Troy Waymaster, R-Bunker Hill, said Friday afternoon. And he wants to know why.
Waymaster did not give specific information about what documentation was required.
To comply would require 21 pages of new paperwork and would necessitate hiring of an extra person, said Linda Brant, who owns Brant’s with her husband, Doug. She said the meat market wasn’t shut down by the government; the Brants decided to close because of the new book-keeping requirements. She said it would cost them thousands of dollars to comply.
The store, which has been in the Brant family for four generations, has been serving customers from all over for 96 years with family-recipe ring bologna, pepper bologna, beef jerky, fresh and smoked sausages, dry-cured bacon and other meats and cheeses. Brant’s also carried cold soda pop, snacks and a few staples.
“If a regulation hasn’t been followed and there hasn’t been a problem in 18 years, why have the regulation?” Waymaster wanted to know. “Over-regulation is killing small businesses in rural America.”
Waymaster is in contact with the undersecretary of the Department of Agriculture and is going to see if there’s anything that can be done, he said. There are no guarantees, though, he said.