Can non-amenable animals, such as bison, deer, or elk, slaughtered and processed under FDA guidelines at an official establishment be sold at retail or wholesale and across state lines?

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Can non-amenable animals, such as bison, deer, or elk, slaughtered and processed under FDA guidelines at an official establishment be sold at retail or wholesale and across state lines?

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A. Yes, provided the establishment maintains separation between amenable and non-amenable products sufficient to prevent contamination or adulteration of amenable products. Alternatively, the animals defined in 9 CFR 352.1 as “exotic animals” may be slaughtered and processed under voluntary inspection service according to the regulations in 9 CFR 352. If establishments wish to slaughter and process non-amenable animals under FDA jurisdiction, the facilities are advised to contact the appropriate FDA field office to learn about what actions they should take. Q. Has there been any change in agency policy with regard to ingredients in voluntary (non-amenable) products? Specifically, can state inspected or non-inspected bison be used as an ingredient in product such as ground bison that is provided voluntary inspection service under 9 CFR 352? A. No, FSIS Notice 15-06 did not change any Agency policy with regard to ingredients used in product that is produced under Federal voluntary inspec

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