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Food and Agricultural Code - FAC


  ( Division 9 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )


  ( Part 3 enacted by Stats. 1967, Ch. 15. )

CHAPTER 4.1. California Meat and Poultry Supplemental Inspection Act [18940 - 19040]

  ( Chapter 4.1 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1128, Sec. 1. )

ARTICLE 7. Processing Inspector License—Meat Processing Establishment [19000 - 19002]
  ( Heading of Article 7 amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 680, Sec. 12.5. )


Each person, before acting as a licensed processing inspector in a retail meat processing establishment, shall apply to the department and receive from the department a license after passing an examination and a demonstration that shows the applicant’s ability to understand laws and regulations that pertain to meat inspection and a practical knowledge of all the following:

(a) Conditions that affect adulteration, misbranding, and wholesomeness of livestock and poultry products.

(b) Sanitary meat and poultry processing procedures.

(c) Sanitation of the facilities and the equipment used in retail meat processing establishments.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 373, Sec. 6. Effective January 1, 2001.)


(a) A licensed processing inspector shall conduct a sanitation inspection before the establishment commences operations for the day, and shall make periodic inspections throughout the day.

(b) The licensed processing inspector shall order the establishment not to begin operations or to cease operations at any time that the establishment sanitation fails to meet the requirements of this chapter and the regulations adopted thereunder, or at any time any product is not handled, retained, condemned, or disposed of in violation of this chapter or the regulations thereunder.

(c) The licensed processing inspector shall direct the application of the mark of inspection as provided by regulations on products that are inspected by him or her and found to be wholesome, not adulterated, and derived from (1) United States Department of Agriculture inspected carcasses, or (2) fallow deer carcasses at custom livestock slaughterhouses.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 373, Sec. 7. Effective January 1, 2001.)


The department may suspend or revoke the license of a licensed processing inspector for permitting the processing or labeling of products not meeting the requirements provided for in this article.

(Amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 680, Sec. 15. Effective January 1, 1999.)

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