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Home  >  Livestock & Pasture  >   Legal Issues For Small-scale Poultry Processors (Summary)

Legal Issues For Small-scale Poultry Processors


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By Janie Hipp

Published: 2001

Updated: 2001



75 pages

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Congress and the various state legislatures have adopted laws and regulations regarding the licensing of facilities where poultry are slaughtered or processed into products for human consumption, and the inspection of the birds themselves as they are processed. Congress and some state legislatures have also provided exemptions from these licensing and inspection requirements for small-scale processors. These exemptions have been made for two primary reasons. First, providing inspection officials at all places where poultry are slaughtered or processed would be very expensive and impractical. Second, subjecting small-scale processors to the requirements designed for large-scale facilities would also be inappropriate and burdensome for the producer.

This document will summarize the licensing and poultry processing inspection requirements for small-scale processors. Both federal and state requirements will be examined.

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