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Information about Inspections and Exemptions - Meat Safety

Inspection Requirements

An individual who contemplates engaging in a business of slaughtering livestock and/or processing of meat or poultry or meat or poultry food products should furnish information relative to the nature and volume of the operations to the Meat Safety Assurance (MSA) Unit. The MSA Central Office will inform the applicant whether the proposed business is required to have State inspection by return/mail/email to the address that the applicant provides.

Grants of Inspection

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) issues three different Grants of Inspection. A Grant of Inspection is an authorization from DSHS to engage in a meat or poultry related business.

  • Grants of Inspection, sometimes referred to as full inspections, are required for operations that slaughter and/or process livestock for intrastate commerce.

  • Grants of Custom Exemption are required of individuals and businesses that slaughter and/or process livestock for the owner of the livestock, or for the personal use of the owner.

  • Grants of Poultry/Rabbit Exemption may be issued to individuals who produce low volumes of poultry or rabbits and wish to slaughter and process them for sale. Poultry and rabbit producers and processors are required to either obtain an exemption or a Grant of Inspection.

Last updated July 9, 2015