Guidelines for Exempt Slaughter and Processing Operations

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The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) has developed this guidance for State and Local Jurisdictions on the regulation of the slaughtering and processing of animals for human food in operations not subject to mandatory inspection under federal laws.  Such animals may include amenable species (cattle, swine, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, etc.) being processed under a custom slaughter or other exemption to federally-mandated inspection, and non-amenable game animals and exotic species that are not subject to federally-mandated inspection.  AFDO finds that guidance currently available to regulatory officials on commercial practices and regulatory surveillance in this area of food production is sparse and inconsistent.

These guidelines are intended to provide a national standard for the regulation of slaughter and processing operations not subject to mandatory inspection under federal laws.  Although the regulatory needs of various states may vary, AFDO encourages uniformity in the application of best practices to similar food production operations in all locations.

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