Texas Dept of Health Rabbit meat regs

Discussion in 'Rabbits' started by John_in_Houston, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. John_in_Houston

    John_in_Houston Well-Known Member

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    I found this info at the Tx Dept of Healt website:

    http://www.tdh.state.tx.us/bfds/msa/licmsa.html


    It says, among other things:


    Individuals that produce low volume poultry or rabbits and wish to slaughter and process them for sale are required to obtain either a Grant of Poultry/Rabbit Exemption or a Grant of Inspection.



    The Grant of Inspection requirements are kind of a drag, mostly paperwork, but the Grant of Exemption looks dead easy and allows for sale at locations other than at the farm:


    APPLICATION FOR GRANT OF POULTRY/RABBIT EXEMPTION


    Individuals or firms desiring to obtain a Grant of Poultry/Rabbit Exemption must have written sanitation standard operating procedures. Applicants must submit a completed application Regional Texas Department of Health Meat Safety Assurance Division office.


    1. Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP)

    Regulations require that meat and poultry establishments develop, implement, and maintain written standard operating procedures for sanitation (Sanitation SOPs). SSOPs must describe all procedures an establishment will conduct daily, before and during operations, to prevent direct contamination or adulteration of product(s). SSOPs must describe which procedures will be conducted before the start of operations and those that will be conducted during operations. SSOPs should include an inspection checklist and a corrective action record to document daily the procedures conducted and to document any corrective actions taken in response to observed deficiencies.

    2. Labeling and Marketing

    Meat and poultry products produced under a grant of poultry/rabbit exemption and intended to be sold through locations other than the farm where the livestock is produced, must be clearly marked with the producer's name and address and the term "Exempted P.L. 90-492".


    I've left a voice mail for a State official who I hope will be able to tell me more about how to get an Exemption.

    Anyone here familiar with this?
     
  2. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    SSOP will probably be your biggest problem. Some of the employees
    are very helpful and you should be able to find someone in your
    district who will work with you. There are a number of people
    processing poultry under this provision.

    Just one note.........You are only allowed to process and market
    the rabbits that are raised on your premises. If you purchase
    rabbits from other producers to butcher and market, you would
    fall into another category.

    At one time, the fee was about $50 plus several thousand $$$$$
    to have your facility set up for their approval.

    Good luck and let us know how things go for you!
     

  3. John_in_Houston

    John_in_Houston Well-Known Member

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    Sure will!

    I'd only be processing my own, I'm glad there are some provisions for the smaller producers in Texas.

    Regarding the SSOP, I would think there is a 'boilerplate' example out there that could be modified.
     
  4. dlwelch

    dlwelch Well-Known Member

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    If you can get the rep for your district to actually "help", he should be
    able to arrange for you to visit someone with a small facility. I have a
    friend in northeast Texas who visited a poulty setup. A couple of members of our group were considering these options but, so far, no one has
    built a facility. The pamphlet you can obtain may provide further
    details about SSOP.

    If I remember correctly, the regulations are for:

    1. Up to 1,000 rabbit/poultry
    2. 1,000 to 9,999 rabbit/poultry
    3. 10,000 and over. Once this level is reached, an inspector must be
    on site during all processsing. In fact, one poultry processor was
    nearing the 10,000 mark and the state said that an inspector must be
    on site during his processing times.

    Linda Welch
    linda@texasrabbitconnection.com
    http://www.texasrabbitconnection.com
     
  5. John_in_Houston

    John_in_Houston Well-Known Member

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    Just got an e-mail from the guy in charge of the NorthEast Texas area, one Wayne Mcanally. (I wonder if the software censor is going to mangle his name) (Nope)

    He tells me the exemption for rabbits is 10,000 year...

    He should be sending some info. I'll keep this updated...