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USDA to Host Mobile Slaughter Unit Information Session in Nevada

Posted Aug 30 2010 1:01pm
Congressional and Public Affairs
(202) 720-9113
Richard J. McIntire

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2010 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today announced it is hosting a red meat mobile slaughter unit information session on September 9. The goals of this information session are to educate farmers, ranchers and processors on how to operate mobile slaughter units and meet USDA food safety requirements. The session is being held as part of USDA's "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative.

"This information session will educate small producers and processors on establishing mobile slaughter units and how to ensure the safety of the products so that they can receive the USDA federal mark of inspection," said FSIS Administrator Al Almanza.

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. Livestock for these mobile units include cattle, hogs, goats and sheep.

The information session will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. PDT at the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension offices located at 2621 Northgate Lane, Suite 15, in Carson City, Nev.

FSIS officials will highlight how to apply for the federal grant of inspection and discuss inspection issues unique to mobile slaughter units. The information session will also include presentations by other USDA agencies, the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, the Western Nevada College Specialty Crop Institute, and the Producer to Chef Program, as well as a review of federal grant and loan options. To view the meeting agenda, go to: .

FSIS is committed to working with small and very small plants to help them improve their food safety systems. For more information about assistance that is provided for small and very small plants, contact the Small Plant Help Desk. Inquiries can be made to staff specialists at the help desk by calling 1-877-FSISHelp (1-877-374-7435) or via e-mail at . The help desk is open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.

This announcement comes as part of USDA's "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" initiative, which seeks to create new economic opportunities, to promote local and regional food systems that help keep wealth in rural communities, and to encourage a national conversation about what we eat and where it comes from in order to benefit producers of all sizes.

Last Modified: August 30, 2010
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