take care of the processing (with your recommendation and transportation)?
On 3/30/2011 2:51 PM, Donna Buechler wrote:
> I guess I should have included more information. I do have my animals
> processed at a USDA facility. The person from MDA said I needed that to
> sell off the farm or at farmers markets. However I still couldn't sell to
> a restaurant, school, or store unless I put up my own USDA packing
> facility. When I asked him how the farm to school worked that I've been
> hearing about he said the farmers have to sell to the USDA slaughter house
> who in turn sell to the school. But this didn't seem like what I had been
> hearing elsewhere. I also questioned him on the food coop in Marquette
> that sells local farms meats. His response was the farmers who have their
> meat in that store are members of the coop, therefore as owners they are
> still selling directly to the consumer. I feel like if my meat is
> processed at an approved (USDA) facility I should be able to sell to the
> restaurant. Why do I have to add the middleman by making the
> slaughterhouse by my meat and then resell it to the local restuarant???
>> Unfortunately, it is true. The MDA License to sell large animals (beef,
>> hogs, sheep, goat, etc.) is known as a "Custom Exempt" sale and can not
>> be resold or served to anyone but the "purchaser." It exempts the
>> preparation of livestock and poultry products from mandatory inspection
>> when they are for the owner's own use, for use by members of the owner's
>> household and nonpaying guests, or for persons employed by the owner.
>> The FDA has jurisdiction over any sale for public consumption or
>> resale. You would need to take your animals to a certified USDA
>> processor to sell it to the schools, restaurants. or even for a wild
>> game dinner which sold tickets. In this manner you could then sell it
>> to the schools, etc. and it would be "stamped" with the facility's
>> certificate number and the kill and process would be observed by an
>> employee of the FDA.
>> I hope that helps clarify the situation for you. Let me know if you
>> have any other questions.
>> Here are some links you might find helpful:
>> USDA Custom Exempt
>> Title 9 CFR Part 303
>> Evan Smith
>> Senior Operations Manager
>> Cherry Capital Foods
>> 807 Airport Access, Suite 111
>> Traverse City, MI 49686
>> Ph. 231.943.5010
>> Cell 231.499.1511
>> "Building a resilient and socially just food system."
>> On 3/30/2011 1:50 PM, Donna Buechler wrote:
>>> I have a question maybe some one knows the answer too. We raise a small
>>> amount of pork and lamb. A local restaurant approached me about buying
>>> lamb. When I contacted the MDA to get a license to sell my meat I was
>>> told I can only sell direct to the consumer. I can't sell to a
>>> restaurant, school, or store where it will be resold. How does the farm
>>> to school program work then? Thanks in advance. Donna>
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