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Custom Exempt Red Meat and/or Poultry Slaughter Facilities in Florida1

Chad Carr and Larry Eubanks2

Several livestock and small poultry producers are trying to gain a greater portion of the available profit margin by becoming meat marketers, rather than just livestock producers. Custom exempt slaughter facilities can help facilitate the needs of niche meat marketers. Additionally, many Florida consumers aspire to buy locally raised products. A custom exempt facility is exempted from inspection by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) because it is being paid for the service of converting a meat animal into a meat product. This exemption is described in its entirety in the Code of Federal Regulations (USDA 2003) and is discussed extensively in Carr et al. (2008b). Custom exempt poultry processing facilities have different regulations than red meat facilities (USDA 2006).

Figure 1. 

Map of Custom Exempt Livestock and/or Poultry Facilities in the State of Florida.


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A custom exempt red meat facility can only slaughter and process livestock for the exclusive use of the owner(s), and products cannot be sold. The facility will still be subject to periodic, risk-based inspection by USDA-FSIS. A red meat plant can simultaneously do work that is custom exempt and federally inspected, whereas a poultry plant cannot. Several of the USDA-inspected facilities listed in EDIS document AN203 (Carr et al. 2008a) also perform custom exempt slaughter. The following is a list of custom exempt livestock and/or poultry facilities in the State of Florida. The accompanying figure, titled “Map of Custom Exempt Livestock and/or Poultry Facilities in the State of Florida,” identifies the location of each facility.

Literature Cited

Carr, C. C., L. E. Eubanks, & R. D. Dijkhuis. 2008a. AN203—USDA Inspected Livestock Slaughter Facilities in Florida. EDIS, UF/IFAS. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/AN/AN20300.pdf.

Carr, C. C., L. E. Eubanks, & R. D. Dijkhuis. 2008b. AN204—Custom and Retail Exempt Meat Marketing. EDIS, UF/IFAS. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/AN/AN20400.pdf.

USDA. 2003. Exemptions to Federal Meat Inspection. 9CFR303.1 Food Safety Inspection Service. Washington D.C. http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_07/9cfr303_07.html. Accessed May 23, 2008.

USDA. 2006. Guidance for Determining Whether a Poultry Slaughter or Processing Operation is Exempt from Inspection Requirements of the Poultry Products Inspection Act. Food Safety Inspection Service. Washington D.C. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISNotices/Poultry_Slaughter_Exemption_0406.pdf. Accessed May 12, 2010.

USDA. 2007. Custom Exempt Review Process. 5930 Food Safety Inspection Service. Washington D.C. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/OPPDE/rdad/FSISDirectives/5930.1.pdf. Accessed July 30, 2008.

Tables

Table 1. 

#

Business Name

Address

Town

Zip Code

Phone Number

1

Oakes Meat Processing

2503 Segrest Rd.

Pace

32571

(877) 880-6277

2

Blair Meat Processing

6551 Ellis Road

Jay

32565

(850) 675-6537

3

Smith Processing

6790 State Rt 2 E

Westville

32464

(850) 859-2432

4

Norris Smoke House

17089 NW Smokehouse Rd.

Blountstown

32424

(850) 674-4602

5

Mack's Country Meats

781 Spring Creek Road

Crawfordville

32327

(850) 926-4504

6

Limestone Meathouse

305 Limestone Rd.

Monticello

32344

(850) 997-4446

7

Johnston's Locker Plant

1480 West Washington St.

Monticello

32345

(850) 997-5622

8

L & W Deer Processing

592 SW Harvey Green Rd.

Madison

32420

(850) 973-3655

9

Driggers & Son Custom Meats

5337 SW 35th Ave.

Jasper

32052

(386) 938-4091

10

Mayo Custom Cuts

127 SE Parker Ave.

Mayo

32066

(386) 294-3862

11

Crawford's Custom Meats

Rt. 2 403 A Hwy 239-A

Lake Butler

32054

(386) 496-2276

12

Chiefland Custom Meats

14053 NW Hwy 120

Trenton

32693

(352) 493-9627

13

Newberry Cold Storage

98 NW 254 Ave.

Newberry

32669

(352) 472-2148

14

Braddock Slaughter Service

446 County Rd 305

Seville

32190

(386) 749-4322

15

French's Meat Packing

1162 Cowart Road

Pierson

32180

(386) 749-2198

16

Tommy's Country Market

2055 NW 4th Ave.

Ocala

34475

(352) 732-7759

17

Pasture Prime Wagyu Inc.

4141 SE 180th St.

Summerfield

34491

(352) 266-9504

18

Baker's Custom Meats

12287 County Rd 233

Oxford

34484

(352) 748-3317

19

Don's Custom Cutting

307011 County Rd 439

Eustis

32736

(352) 589-4800

20

Zabahi Meat And Poultry

9867 South Orange Blossom Trail

Orlando

32837

(407) 855-9515

21

Country Smokehouse

Pasco-Hernando County Line Rd.

Spring Hill

34608

(352) 686-5999

22

Circle H Meat Masters

1199 Howell Ave Suite H

Brooksville

34601

(352) 799-7920

23

Weicht Custom Slaughter Inc.

38862 Pattie Road

Zephyrhills

33540

(813) 782-1878

24

Peacock's Custom Cut Meats

3551 Pate Road

Zephyrhills

35541

(813) 782-8647

25

Eddie's Duck & Poultry

4806 N. Manhattan Ave.

Tampa

33614

(813) 351-8387

26

Jim Hicks Custom Meats

4602 W. Sam Allen Rd.

Plant City

33566

(813) 752-2076

27

Hoof N Horn

2816 Stalvey Oaks Dr.

Plant City

33563

(813) 752-3955

28

Sonshine Poultry

5020 Lake Hatchineha Road

Haines City

33884

(863) 438-8622

29

Rick's Custom Meats

10252 State Rt 39 South

Lithia

33547

(813) 737-6776

30

Perry's Custom Meat

2218 W. Main St.

Wauchula

33873

(863) 781-0356

31

Fussell's Frozen Foods

2038 SE Carlstromfield Rd.

Arcadia

34266

(863) 494-2112

32

Edward's Meats

5860 Perrgola Dr.

Ft. Myers

33905

(239) 694-4712

33

Seely's Ark

11271 N. Farmwood Ave.

Dunnellon

34433

(352) 489-8353

Footnotes

1.

This document is AN248, one of a series of the Animal Sciences Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date July 2010. Reviewed October 2014. Visit the EDIS website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu.

2.

Chad Carr, associate professor, Department of Animal Sciences; and Larry Eubanks, coordinator of research programs, Department of Animal Sciences; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.


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