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Information About an Application for Grant of Poultry or Rabbit Exemption

Requirements for a Grant of Poultry/Rabbit Exemption

Individuals or firms desiring to obtain a Grant of Poultry/Rabbit Exemption must have written sanitation standard operating procedures. Applicants must submit a completed application Regional Texas Department of Health Meat Safety Assurance Division office.

1. Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP)

Regulations require that meat and poultry establishments develop, implement, and maintain written standard operating procedures for sanitation (Sanitation SOPs). SSOPs must describe all procedures an establishment will conduct daily, before and during operations, to prevent direct contamination or adulteration of product(s). SSOPs must describe which procedures will be conducted before the start of operations and those that will be conducted during operations. SSOPs should include an inspection checklist and a corrective action record to document daily the procedures conducted and to document any corrective actions taken in response to observed deficiencies.

2. Labeling and Marketing

Meat and poultry products produced under a grant of poultry/rabbit exemption and intended to be sold through locations other than the farm where the livestock is produced, must be clearly marked with the producer's name and address and the term "Exempted P.L. 90-492."

Last updated July 9, 2015