Guidelines for Exempt Slaughter and Processing Operations Training Manual

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The Guidelines for Exempt Slaughter and Processing Operations Training Manual is intended to evidence a national standard for exempt slaughter and exempt processing operations.

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The Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) has developed this guidance document for State and Local Jurisdictions on the inspection of Exempt Slaughter and Processing operations for amenable species (cattle, swine, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, etc.), game animals and exotic species. Current regulations where they exist, inspector preparation and industry directives are absent and/or non-uniform to explain and guide commercial practice and regulatory surveillance. These guidelines are intended to address these concerns.

Accordingly, these guidelines have sought to fit with the construct of the Federal Meat Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 601, et. seq.) and the Federal Poultry Products Inspection Act (21 U.S.C. 451, et. seq.). Individual states may want to vary the guidelines to meet local situations.

This document was produced through AFDO in coordination with a Task Force of experts from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Services (USDA/FSIS) and representatives of state meat or food safety inspection programs.