For those that SELL processed birds: Example Sanitary Operating Plan?

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by MrDoh, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. MrDoh

    MrDoh New Egg

    Oct 13, 2008
    South East Texas
    Does anyone have a SOP (Sanitary Operating Plan) they've either created or found that they wouldn't mind sharing either in public or private?

    I'm about through my fist batch of 25 Cornish X and I'm thinking I'd like to do more to sell as I seem to enjoy the raising and processing.

    Here in Texas, it turns out that small home/farm producers can be exempted from inspections if under a certain number are raised, processed and sold onsite by the owner. You have to fill out a form and also have a SOP on file.

    I found a sample online but want to see what HOME/SMALL processors might use as a SOP.

    Thanks, and I couldn't have done it nearly as easily without reading the forum.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2010
  2. D'Angelo N Va.

    D'Angelo N Va. Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2009
    NO, I too am looking for a processor to do the work for me and about 75 cornish x's that I plan on ordering this spring. I live in King william Va..
  3. FortWorthChicks

    FortWorthChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2009
    Fort Worth
    I ordered 4 cornish x in with some laying pullet chicks and am looking forward to trying my hand at processing and eating my own meat!
  4. kooltex

    kooltex Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2009
    NE Tx
    Giving a bump, I sure would be interested in seeing how one is done also.
  5. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2009
    Geronimo Oklahoma
    First I would contact the state ag department for guidance. They may be able to just tell you how to set one up.

    Joel Salatin has a chapter on processing in Pastured Poultry Profits that might give you some ideas.

    That's all I can think of because I don't sell my birds.
  6. 95yj

    95yj Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 25, 2009
    Central Vermont
    an FDA approved set up can cost 50 K plus, Salatins ideas are way cheaper, healthier and easier on the bird.
  7. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    I don't know exactly what they are looking for, but perhaps it would suffice to just describe the process that you are going to use. Describe your actual process and the equipment you are going to use and use common sense sanitary practices.

    "Birds are eviscerated on stainless steel workstation and offal is collected in polyethylene buckets".

    "Utensils and working surfaces will be sanitized with a bleach solution after every so many birds".

    "Bleach solution will consist of certain amount of bleach in a certain amount of water to produce a solution of ?? PPM.

    "Chill tank is a polyethylene tub and birds will be chilled with ice and water to a temperature of ?? F"

    "Chill tank water temperature will be maintained at ?? F"

    "Birds will be vacuum bagged and frozen to a temperature of ?? F"

    "Offal will be disposed of in the compost pile"


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