USDA to host information session

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced it is hosting a red meat mobile slaughter unit information session on June 24.

The goals of this information session are to educate farmers, ranchers and processors on how to set up mobile slaughter units, receive the federal grant of inspection and meet USDA food safety requirements. The session is being held in response to interest in USDA's efforts to support local or regional slaughter through the "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative.

This session would educate small producers and processors on establishing mobile slaughter units and how to ensure the safety of the products so that they could receive the USDA federal mark of inspection, said Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety Jerold R. Mande.

Mobile slaughter units are self-contained slaughter facilities that can travel from site to site. Typically, the units provide slaughter services to regional small producers at conveniently located host farms. FSIS inspected mobile slaughter units provide a feasible option for small livestock producers wanting to provide safe, wholesome meat product to local and interstate consumer markets.

The red meat mobile slaughter unit information session will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center in Boonsboro, Md. Livestock for these mobile units include cattle, hogs, goats and sheep.
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