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Food and Agricultural Code - FAC


  ( Division 10 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

CHAPTER 10. Slaughter of Cattle [22001 - 22086]

  ( Chapter 10 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

ARTICLE 2. Licensed Slaughterers [22031 - 22049]
  ( Article 2 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )


A person shall not engage in the business of slaughtering cattle unless the person has been issued a grant of inspection by the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, except that this requirement does not apply to rendering plants.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 828, Sec. 7.)


(a) A mobile slaughter operator, as provided in Section 22001.5, shall file a registration with the bureau that shows the names and addresses of the owners of the unlicensed mobile slaughterer and any other information the secretary may require.

(b) The registration shall be filed with the bureau before a mobile slaughter operator may slaughter cattle pursuant to Section 22001.5.

(c) After notice and hearing, the secretary may cancel the registration of any unlicensed mobile slaughterer for failing to comply with Section 22001.5 or 22008.

(Added by Stats. 1997, Ch. 651, Sec. 3. Effective January 1, 1998.)


Every licensed slaughterer of cattle shall have on file in his office prior to slaughter and shall keep for one year after slaughter, the original bill of sale of cattle which are purchased by him or a consignment slip on cattle which are consigned to him or the certificate of inspection of all cattle which are slaughtered by him.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15.)


Every licensed slaughterer that slaughters cattle where inspection prior to slaughter is impossible or impractical shall keep a record which sets forth the name of the person from whom the cattle were purchased and identifies them as to color, age, weight, sex, and brand, if any. The record shall be open to inspection by any agent of the department or peace officer.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15.)


Every licensed slaughterer that does not have brand inspection prior to slaughter on each day on which he slaughters, and whose hides are not inspected during the month, shall on or before the 15th day of each month mail to the bureau a written report which shows in separate columns all of the following:

(a) The number of calves, cows, steers, stags, and bulls which were slaughtered during the preceding calendar month.

(b) The number which he slaughtered on each date.

(c) From whom the animals were purchased.

(d) The date of purchase.

(e) The brands on branded cattle and the sex and breed of unbranded cattle.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15.)


It is unlawful for a licensed slaughterer to allow anyone to slaughter cattle at the licensee’s plant, except a person that is licensed to slaughter there or an employee of such person.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15.)


If a licensed slaughterer desires to change to another location, the person shall notify the bureau of the relocation.

(Amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 828, Sec. 20.)


It is unlawful for a licensed slaughterer to slaughter cattle at any place other than a slaughterhouse at which he is licensed to slaughter.

(Enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15.)

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