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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 5. Horsemeat and Pet Food [19200 - 19447]

  ( Chapter 5 added by Stats. 1969, Ch. 815. )

ARTICLE 4. Pet Food Processor [19260 - 19262]
  ( Article 4 added by Stats. 1969, Ch. 815. )


Every person engaged in the business of processing, packing, or preparing fresh or frozen horsemeat or any other meat product for use as pet food of any kind, shall first obtain a license pursuant to this chapter, except those persons licensed pursuant to Chapter 10 (commencing with Section 113025) of Part 6 of Division 104 of the Health and Safety Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1023, Sec. 61. Effective September 29, 1996.)


The application for a license shall be in a form which is prescribed by the secretary and shall contain the following:

(a) The name and address of the applicant.

(b) Where each processing plant in which he intends to operate is located and to whom it belongs.

(c) The experience the applicant has in processing.

(d) What interest or control the applicant has in any dead animal hauler, rendering plant, or collection center.

(e) Any other information that the secretary may, by regulation, require.

(Amended by Stats. 2004, Ch. 187, Sec. 2. Effective January 1, 2005.)


The secretary, after notice and hearing, shall refuse to issue a license unless he or she finds that the applicant satisfies all of the following:

(a) Is qualified to operate a processing plant.

(b) Is properly equipped to engage in the business of processing in a clean and sanitary manner.

(c) Has never been convicted of a felony involving adulterated or misbranded food.

(Amended by Stats. 1998, Ch. 680, Sec. 22. Effective January 1, 1999.)

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