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North Carolina Meat
Handler Survey: NC Choices and NC Growing Together Collaborative Study

This report summarizes the results of a spring 2013 telephone survey of registered meat handlers in North Carolina.  View the full report.

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North Carolina Meat
Handler Survey: NC Choices and NC Growing Together Collaborative Study

This report summarizes the results of a spring 2013 telephone survey of registered meat handlers in North Carolina.  View the full report.

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Stay connected to the most current events and updates taking place at NC Choices and in the local and niche meat industry in North Carolina.  NC Choices has 2 moderated listserves.  Both listserves are pertinent to commercial producers/farmers, meat processors, food-service, distributors and buyers directly involved in the local and niche meat supply chain in and around North Carolina. The NC Choices News listserv serves as a forum for educational and marketing opportunities as they pertain to local and niche meats. We encourage you to use this lists to share Events related to local and niche meats. Scholarly and news articles related Technical Questions Job postings and employment opportunities of NATIONAL interest, Educational opportunities and ideas as they pertain to the local and niche meat sector. Sign Up for NC Choices News Address: Name: The NC Choices Classified listserv serves as a forum for meat and livestock commerce. Private individuals and commercial interests may use this service. This is an "industry only" list and is not intended for use by consumers looking to purchase finished, consumable meat products. Please do not use this list as a marketing tool to advertise consumable meat/food products. Commercial meat processors MAY use this list to advertise processing services. We encourage you to use this lists to: Buy, sell, trade, lease equipment and livestock Advertise processing services Seeking specific consulting services Announce job postings and employment opportunities of LOCAL interest Other commerce and business exchange as it pertains to the niche meat sector. Sign Up for NC Choices Classifieds Address: Name: Frequently Asked Listserv Questions: Unsure which listserv to use to post your news?If you are not sure which listserv is best, feel free to note your question at the top of the body of the email.  The moderator will review and direct to your post to the appropriate location.  It may be one or both listserves. How do I know when my news is posted? As the sender, you will not see your post once it's approved unless it's responded to by another person.  If you have a question about a particular post, please refer to Casey McKissick at casey@ncchoices.com. Posts will generally be approved within 12 hours.

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NC Choices Best
Practices for On Farm Poultry Processing

On-farm, exempt poultry processing is on the rise in North Carolina. Summer means that Farmers' Markets are in full swing and hot weather is a fact of life for a few more months in our great state. A recent study published by the Journal of Food Safety suggested that poultry processed on-farm and acquired at Farmers' Markets may be more likely than supermarketpoultry to contain high levels of pathogens of concern such as Campylobacter and Salmonella. While this study has been challenged by exempt processors and food safety experts alike, it is a timely reminder that poultry producers who operate exempt slaughter operations need to remain vigilant in ensuring a high level of control over pathogens during processing, transportation and marketing on-farm processed poultry products. To date, there have been no reports of food-borne illness associated with on-farm processed poultry in NC. However, the first exempt processor who has a widely publicized food safety issue will bear a heavy burden for the others. NC Meat and Poultry Inspection Division (MPID) now estimates that over 114 exempt poultry processors are now operating in North Carolina. NC Choices has compiled a brief summary of widely accepted best management practices for on-farm processing of poultry. The attached document provides guidance for those performing or considering on-farm poultry processing activities. If you live in North Carolina and process or wish to process poultry under the USDA exemption, The NC Meat and Poultry Inspection Division is your regulatory contact at919-707-3180. If you have not done so, please contact the department to register as an exempt processor. NC Choices staff are available to producers as a resource for production, processing and marketing issues. There are two USDA inspected poultry processing facilities in NC that provide services to independent farmers: Chaudry Halal Meats, Siler City, NC, Chatham County (919) 742-9292 Foothills Pilot Plant, Marion, NC, McDowell County (828) 803-2717 READ NC Choices' Best Practices for On Farm Poultry Processing

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Thank You for Another
Successful Carolina Meat Conference!

View Pictures here.  Thanks for Making the 3rd Annual Carolina Meat Conference a Success!

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NC Growing Together

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Food Dialogues

NC Choices Program Director Casey McKissick will participate in this panel discussion in Raleigh on Thursday the 19th. Please join us in person or via livestream! MORE »

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