California Establishes Requirements for Mobile Slaughter Operations

California Governor Gavin Newsom has signed California AB 888, an amendment to the California Meat & Poultry Supplemental Inspection Act, which establishes requirements for mobile slaughter operators. The bill requires mobile slaughter operators to be dual-licensed as both a “custom livestock operation” and as a livestock meat inspector and directs the state’s Department of Food & Agriculture to enact relevant oversight and fee regulations. The purpose of the law is to address consolidation and bottle-necks in the industry by allowing smaller producers to slaughter animals on-site.