What is Custom Exempt Processing?

A custom exempt meat processor is defined in State and Federal law as a processor that does not require continuous inspection because they only process meat for the owner of the animal. The meat or poultry cannot be sold and can only be consumed by the following:

  • The owner of the animal
  • The owner’s immediate family
  • Non-paying guests

Hamburger Patties

Custom processed meat and poultry must be labeled with "NOT FOR SALE". Businesses that operate under this exemption are inspected by the State Inspection Program on a regular basis. However, inspections of these operations are conducted less frequently than operations under continuous inspection. Custom exempt processors are expected to meet the same requirements for sanitation and construction as State and Federal plants must meet.