Meat Sellers and Slaughterers

ORS 603.038
Licensing exemption for certain poultry processors


As used in this section, “poultry” means live or dead chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guinea fowl or other domesticated birds.


ORS 603.025 (Licenses required) and 616.706 (Licenses) do not apply to a person that complies with this subsection:


During the calendar year, the person may slaughter not more than 1,000 poultry for use as human food. The person may slaughter and process only poultry that have been raised since two weeks of age by the person and that are free from disease. The person may not slaughter, process or sell poultry or poultry products except poultry described in this subsection and poultry eggs.


The person must slaughter the poultry at the business premises of the person in an establishment that meets the requirements in ORS 619.026 (Meat preparation establishment sanitation requirements) and any State Department of Agriculture rules adopted under ORS 619.046 (Rules). The person may not allow other persons to use the establishment.


The person must comply with any federal limitations or prohibitions on introducing the poultry or products produced from the poultry into interstate commerce.


A person that claims exemption from ORS 603.025 (Licenses required) and 616.706 (Licenses) under this section must maintain slaughtering, sales, sanitation and other records pertaining to the poultry as required by the department. The person shall allow the department to inspect the records and the slaughtering establishment upon request and as provided under ORS 576.024 (Department authorized to inspect records and businesses for economic study purposes) and 619.036 (Sanitation and record inspections).


The exemption described in this section is in addition to any exemption that a person may claim under ORS 603.034 (Denial, suspension or revocation of license) (4) for the slaughtering and processing of poultry for personal use. [2011 c.119 §1]
Note: 603.038 (Licensing exemption for certain poultry processors) was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 603 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.


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Jun. 26, 2021