Foothill Farming
University of California
Foothill Farming

Regulatory Aspects of Niche Meat

Cold Storage and Handling

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Grass-Fed Labeling

Applying for a Grass Fed Label

Grass Fed Standards

Sales, Including at Farmers' Markets

Selling Meat and Meat Products

Offal Disposal

California does not permit on-ranch composting of offal (or any mammalian tissue; see California Environmental Protection Agency statute Section 17855.2), and so a processor must dispose of it off-site. To do this requires an “inedibles” permit from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Meat, Poultry, & Egg Safety branch. The permit establishes an approved rendering plant, pet food plant, or collection station where the processor may take the offal.

Regulatory Bodies

What We Do: CDFA Meat and Poultry Inspection 

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