State officials close Missouri meat locker

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Officials with the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Meat and Poultry Inspection Program announced the agency suspended custom exempt processing operations at Russellville Locker.

During an inspection, state inspectors found "unsanitary conditions, pest control issues and deficiencies in marketing and labeling. As a result the custom exempt processing permissions for the facility were suspended," the agency said in a release on its website. "The business' permissions are to remain suspended until the completion of a satisfactory inspection, which will be scheduled at the business owner's request."

Facilities such as Russellville Locker cannot sell meat to the public, according to the agency. Custom exempt processing is done for livestock owners for their own consumption, and all custom exempt packaging is specially marked.

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