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Poultry FAQ

What exemptions to the Poultry Laws and Regulations does Mississippi allow? Producers may apply for a 1,000 bird or 20,000 bird exemption within the state of MS. What are the requirements of the 1,000-bird exemption? A producer may slaughter no more than 1,000 healthy birds of his/her own raising per calendar year. The grower must [...]
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Meat Inspection Division History

Mississippi is one of twenty-seven states that have a meat inspection program. The Meat Inspection Division of Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) began with the Meat, Meat-Food and Poultry Regulation and Inspection Law of 1960. The law was amended with the Mississippi Inspection Law of 1968 at which time it entered into a [...]
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Humane Handling

MDAC and the Meat Inspection Division takes the responsibility of enforcing state law (75-35-7) and federal regulation (9 CFR 313) very seriously regarding the handling and housing of animals entering the food supply chain. All inspectors and veterinarians employed by our division receive specific training to become knowledgeable of these critical regulations. Humane Handling verification [...]
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Custom Meat FAQ

For Cattle, Sheep, Swine, and Goats What is the point of the custom exemption? The Federal Meat Inspection Act exempts the slaughter and processing of cattle, sheep, swine, and goats from inspection requirements when slaughtered for personal use.  Because this exemption is for the personal use of the owner, his family, and his non-paying guests, [...]
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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings & On-Farm Readiness Reviews

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is partnering with Mississippi State University and Alcorn State University Extension Services to assist in delivering Produce Safety alliance Grower Trainings and On-Farm Readiness Reviews. The Produce Safety Rule requires one representative from a farm to attend the Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training (or other FDA-recognized curriculum). The [...]
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Outreach and Education for Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Producers

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) is working with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Mississippi State University, and Alcorn State University Extension Services to provide outreach and education to Mississippi fruit and vegetable producers who will be impacted by the “Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human [...]
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Farm Inventory

As part of the Produce Safety Rule, The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is required to collect aggregate data on farms.  Your responses to the voluntary Farm Inventory Survey will help us establish a farm inventory, and determine the number of farms that are covered under the Produce Safety Rule. Farm Inventory Survey (PDF) [...]
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Produce Safety Rule Requirements

The Six Key Requirements of the Produce Safety Rule 1. Agricultural Water Requirements for agricultural water quality and testing are designed to detect contamination by feces, which may be accompanied by bacteria that cause disease. 2. Biological Soil Amendments There are requirements for the use of biological soil amendments of animal origin, which includes manure [...]
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Produce Safety Division

What is the Produce Safety Rule? The Produce Safety Rule (PSR), which has the official title of Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption, is one of the seven rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that was passed into law January 4, 2011. The Produce Safety Rule [...]
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Grain Dealers and Warehouses

Mississippi law requires that grain dealers and grain warehouses be licensed by the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, unless they hold a license from the federal government. The Mississippi Grain Dealers Law requires that dealers who purchase grain directly from producers must be licensed and bonded. Operations or individuals who are not licensed are [...]
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