Uninspected chicken to be sold to restaurants
The state Senate has given preliminary approval to a bill that allows
uninspected chickens and other fowl to be sold in restaurants and farmers
In hope to promote smaller small poultry operations, a bill to allow poultry
farmers who sell fewer than 1,000 birds a year to avoid facilities inspections
Members of the Senate, however, said that the matter could have a significant
impact on poultry farmers and consumers in Vermont.
Under current law, customers can buy uninspected bird meat at farms that
slaughter and sell the poultry on site. But the bill that has recently passed
the Senate would allow meat from such birds to be sold in restaurants as well,
under some conditions.
Only farmers who slaughter less than 1,000 birds a year would qualify. The
meat would also have to be labelled as uninspected.
Some poultry farmers of small operations would like to slaughter their own
poultry - it is difficult to get into inspected slaughterhouses with a small
number of birds.
Some opponents have raised the concern of tainted chicken sickening which
will ruin Vermont's image as a producer of wholesome products.
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