Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 113 Part 2.djvu/184

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113 STAT. 1204 PUBLIC LAW 106-78—OCT. 22, 1999 "(2) the provision of the information would be unduly burdensome. "(c) PURCHASES OF CATTLE OR SWINE.— A record of a purchase of a lot of cattle or a lot of swine by a packer shall evidence whether the purchase occurred— "(1) before 10:00 a.m. Central Time; "(2) between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Central Time; or "(3) after 2:00 p.m. Central Time. 7 USC 1636e "SEC. 256. VOLUNTARY REPORTING. "The Secretary shall encourage voluntary reporting by packers (as defined in section 201 of the Packers and Stockyards Act, 1921 (7 U.S.C. 191)) to which the mandatory reporting requirements of this subtitle do not apply. Records. "SEC. 257. PUBLICATION OF INFORMATION ON RETAIL PURCHASE 16 USC 1636f. PRICES FOR REPRESENTATIVE MEAT PRODUCTS. Effective date. "(a) IN GENERAL. —Beginning not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this subtitle, the Secretary shall compile and publish at least monthly (weekly, if practicable) information on retail prices for representative food products made from beef, pork, chicken, turkey, veal, or lamb. "(b) INFORMATION.—The report published by the Secretary under subsection (a) shall include— "(1) information on retail prices for each representative food product described in subsection (a); and "(2) information on total sales quantity (in pounds and dollars) for each representative food product. "(c) MEAT PRICE SPREADS REPORT. —During the period ending 2 years after the initial publication of the report required under subsection (a), the Secretary shall continue to publish the Meat Price Spreads Report in the same manner as the Report was published before the date of the enactment of this subtitle. "(d) INFORMATION COLLECTION.— "(1) IN GENERAL. —To ensure the accuracy of the reports required under subsection (a), the Secretary shall obtain the information for the reports from one or more sources including— "(A) a consistently representative set of retail transactions; and "(B) both prices and sales quantities for the transactions. "(2) SOURCE OF INFORMATION.—The Secretary may— "(A) obtain the information from retailers or commercial information sources; and "(B) use valid statistical sampling procedures, if necessary. "(3) ADJUSTMENTS. —In providing information on retail prices under this section, the Secretary may make adjustments to take into account differences in— "(A) the geographic location of consumption; "(B) the location of the principal source of supply; "(C) distribution costs; and "(D) such other factors as the Secretary determines reflect a verifiable comparative retail price for a representative food product. "(e) ADMINISTRATION.—The Secretary—