Join New Entry staff and farmers Chuck Currie and Drew Locke for a hands-on poultry processing and food safety training. If you are interested in processing birds on your farm - either in your own “bricks and mortar” facility or using an approved Mobile Poultry Processing Unit (MPPU), you will be required to apply for your MA state slaughter license and attend a hands-on food safety training in the context of an active poultry slaughter event. The training day will cover the requirements for applying for your state slaughter license from DPH, additional regulatory and practical considerations, food safety hands-on practice, MPPU Unit operations and maintenance practice, and practical hands-on experience applying SOPs, SSOPs, and HACCP during a live poultry processing training. Come ready to get your hands dirty, humanely process some chickens, and learn all of the requirements to process birds on your farm. Upon successful completion of the hands-on training, producers will receive a link to take the online exam through MDAR who will then issue you a training certificate valid for five years. If you complete the licensing requirements, the Eastern Mass / New Entry-owned MPPU operates as a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) rental model that can be scheduled for MA slaughter license-holders.
The training will be held at Freedom Food Farm on Tuesday, June 20th from 9 am - 2 pm. A local farm lunch of wood-fired brick oven pizza will be served. Parking is in the front of the farm and processing will be taking place behind the barn near the greenhouses.