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What Can I sell?

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A reader asked, “Can I sell fresh meat that I have processed in a USDA or state inspected facility?”  The answer could be ‘Yes’ or ‘No.’

Yes:

Meat or poultry product that is not adulterated, is in an immediate package with a proper label, and bears an official mark of inspection, is free to move in commerce.  ‘Move in commerce’ includes sell, transport, offer for sale or transport, or receive for sale or transport.  For product bearing a state mark of inspection, movement in commerce is restricted to within the borders of the state.  For product bearing a federal mark of inspection, movement in commerce is restricted to the 50 US states and US Territories.

No: 

Meat or poultry product that is not adulterated, is in an immediate package with a proper label, and bears no mark of inspection, cannot move in commerce.  Such product has been prepared under a custom or exemption.  Custom exempt product is marked ‘Not for Sale’ and cannot be resold.

A USDA or state inspected facility can prepare custom exempt product; but custom exempt product may not be sold and can only be used in the household of the person for whom the product was prepared.

A retail store can prepare retail exempt product; but only using US Inspected & Passed source product only for sale in the retail store that prepared the product, and only for sale directly to household consumers only.  Retail exempt product cannot be resold.

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