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Food and Agricultural Code - FAC

DIVISION 9. ANIMALS GENERALLY [16301 - 19700]

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

PART 3. SLAUGHTERED ANIMALS [18201 - 19503]

  ( 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 9. Exemptions [19020- 19020.]
  ( Article 9 added by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1128, Sec. 1. )

19020.
  

This chapter does not apply to any of the following:

(a) Owners who slaughter, on their own premises, livestock of their own raising where the meat is not for sale, but used exclusively by the owners, members of the owner’s household, the owner’s employees, and nonpaying guests.

(b) A mobile slaughter operator who provides services to an owner as specified in subdivision (a) where the slaughter occurs on the owner’s premises and the meat is thereafter transported for the owner to an establishment for further processing.

(c) (1) A mobile slaughter operator who provides services to an owner of cattle, if the slaughter occurs on the premises of a person who raised the cattle and who is not the owner of the cattle, subject to the following conditions:

(A) Before the slaughter, the cattle are inspected pursuant to Section 21051.

(B) After the slaughter, the meat is transported for the owner to an establishment for further processing.

(C) The meat is not for sale, but is used exclusively by the owner, members of the owner’s household, the owner’s employees, and nonpaying guests.

(D) The person who raised the cattle shall maintain a record, for a period of one year, of the owner of the cattle and of the total number of cattle slaughtered. The records shall be made available, upon request, to a department inspector, investigator, or peace officer.

(E) If conducting multiple slaughter operations at a premises, a mobile slaughter operator shall maintain, for a period of one year, a record of the total number of cattle slaughtered and the premises where the slaughter occurred. The records shall be made available, upon request, to a department inspector, investigator, or peace officer.

(F) The mobile slaughter operators shall follow the guidelines published by the Association of Food and Drug Officials in the Guidelines for Exempt Slaughter and Processing Operations publication.

(2) The exemption in paragraph (1) shall not apply to the slaughter of more than five head of cattle on a single premises in a calendar month.

(3) Slaughter activities conducted pursuant to the exemption in paragraph (1) shall comply with all other applicable state and federal environmental and zoning laws.

(4) For purposes of this subdivision, the following terms shall apply:

(A) “Person who raised the cattle” means the person who owned and was responsible for feeding and caring for the cattle prior to its sale and slaughter on the person’s premises.

(B) “Raised” means the feeding and caring of cattle for a period of 30 calendar days or more prior to the sale and slaughter of that cattle.

(d) Persons solely engaged in cutting, wrapping, and otherwise processing farm or custom slaughter livestock or the processing and sale of fresh meats derived from United States Department of Agriculture inspected carcasses, except the curing, smoking, and preparing of cooked or smoked sausages or cooked pork products that are not exempted under subdivision (b) of Section 18814.

(e) Livestock slaughter and meat and poultry processing inspected by the United States Department of Agriculture.

(Amended by Stats. 2019, Ch. 324, Sec. 2. (AB 1801) Effective January 1, 2020.)

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