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USDA and NYS Regulations

USDA and NYS Regulations for meat sales

USDA Inspected Facility

Processed livestock (beef, pork, sheep, goat) meat can be sold to the public.


Can kill & process livestock (not to be sold). So, if you buy a live animal from a farmer, it can processed for your consumption. Also can process farm-raised game (bison, venison) and poultry for legal resale.


Can process (butcher) & sell livestock which were killed at USDA inspected facility. Sales are essentially limited to retail (farm to consumer), not wholesale.

Custom Exempt

These facilities may slaughter and process for personal use or for freezer trade only. Custom exempt processed meat and poultry cannot be legally sold at retail, either on or off farm. All custom meat is stamped "Not for Sale."