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US: Mobile poultry processing unit licensed

The Mobile Processing Unit for poultry (MPU) is licensed for use by small Montana producers. Inside the state-inspected processing truck, birds can be quickly prepared for sale right on site, reports The Prairie Star.

According to Jan Tusick, Programme Manager for the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Centre, Ronan, Mont., this is the first time Montana poultry producers have had access to an MPU. “It took us about a year and a half to build. We completed it six months ago and did a few test runs last season. Now it's ready to go.”

The truck has been inspected and approved for slaughter by the Montana Department of Livestock under the Federal 20,000 Bird Exemption Act. Tusick explained the federal exemption has been in place since the 1940s to assist smaller producers get their meat onto the market.

Now, smaller producers in the area can slaughter their birds under state inspection without the presence of a federal inspector on the slaughter floor. The exemption also allows small-scale producers to slaughter and sell their own birds within the state of Montana.

Source: The Prairie Star

Natalie Berkhout

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    Dr. Humphrey Mbugua

    This is good news, not only for the Montana small producers but for most broiler farmers in developing countries. In Kenya some poultry meat traders have slaughtering crews and move from farm to farm using their knives but all other equipments sourced from the particular farm. This poses some biosecurity risks. A mobile slaughter unit, capable of being sanitised in between the farms would be most welcome. I hope the units will be available for export. How do you dispose of the offals in such unit, is it on site or is it ferried within the mobile unit for central disposal?

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