Section 2-17-27

Exemption of certain activities from provisions of chapter by commissioner; applicability of certain provisions of chapter.

(a) The commissioner shall, by regulation and under such conditions as to sanitary standards, practices, procedures and reasonable volume limitations as he may prescribe, exempt from specific provisions of this chapter:

(1) The slaughtering by any person of animals of his own raising and the preparation by him and transportation of the carcasses, parts thereof, meat and meat food products and poultry and poultry food products of such animals exclusively for use by him and members of his household and his nonpaying guests and employees;

(2) The slaughtering by any person of animals of his own raising and the preparation by him and transportation of the carcasses or parts thereof, not to include meat food products or poultry food products, where such are sold directly to household consumers or restaurants, hotels and boardinghouses for use in their own dining rooms or in the preparation of meals for sale directly to consumers only; provided, that no exemption under this subdivision may be allowed to any person, firm or corporation that engages in slaughtering any of the animals as to which inspection is required by this chapter or buying or selling of carcasses or parts thereof, other than those produced by animals or birds of their own raising; provided further, that no exemption shall be allowed under this subdivision where the value of the annual sales of such person, firm or corporation of the articles claimed to be exempt under this subdivision exceeds $200.00.

(3) The custom slaughter by any person, firm or corporation of cattle, sheep, swine or goats or poultry delivered by the owner thereof for such slaughter and the preparation by such slaughterer and transportation of the carcasses, parts thereof, meat and meat food products and poultry products of such animals or birds exclusively for use in the household of such owner by him and members of his household and his nonpaying guests and employees.

(b) The provisions of this chapter requiring inspection of the slaughter of animals and the preparation of carcasses, parts thereof, meat and meat food products and poultry food products shall not apply to operations of types traditionally and usually conducted at retail stores and restaurants, when conducted at any retail store or restaurant or similar retail type establishment for sale in normal retail quantities or service of such articles to consumers at such establishments.

(c) The provisions of this chapter requiring inspection of the slaughter of animals and poultry and the preparation of carcasses, parts thereof, meat and meat food products and poultry food products shall not apply to articles which have been or are to be processed as required by recognized religious dietary laws to the extent that the commissioner determines that such may be exempted without jeopardy to the purpose and intent of this chapter.

(d) The slaughter of animals and preparation of articles referred to in subdivisions (2) and (3) of subsection (a) and subsections (b) and (c) of this section shall be conducted in accordance with such sanitary conditions and reasonable volume limitations as the commissioner may by regulations prescribe, and violations of any such regulation is prohibited.

(e) The adulteration and misbranding provisions of this chapter, other than the requirement of the inspection legend, shall apply to articles which are not required to be inspected or examined under this section.

(Acts 1969, No. 1049, p. 1939, §16; Acts 1975, No. 550, §2.)