Chapter 603 — Meat Sellers and Slaughterers

 

2013 EDITION

 

 

MEAT SELLERS AND SLAUGHTERERS

 

ANIMALS

 

603.010     Definitions

 

603.015     Policy

 

603.025     Licenses required; application; term; renewal; surety bond; fee; rules

 

603.027     Refund of license fee in specific instances; application; rules

 

603.031     Additional users of establishment; fees; rules

 

603.034     Denial, suspension or revocation of license; multiple activities; license exemption

 

603.038     Licensing exemption for certain poultry processors

 

603.045     Custom slaughter and processing regulations

 

603.055     Equipment and facilities requirements

 

603.059     Unclean slaughterhouses prohibited

 

603.065     Slaughter methods

 

603.075     Brand inspection service fee

 

603.085     Rulemaking authority

 

603.095     Disposition of funds received by department

 

603.200     Payment by processors to producers; payment by sellers to processors; interest; definitions

603.992     Penalties

603.995     Civil penalties; rules; disposition of penalty moneys

 

      603.010 Definitions. As used in this chapter:

      (1) “Custom processing establishment” means a stationary establishment wherein slaughtered meat animals or meat, caused to be delivered by the owners thereof, are prepared for compensation, payment or remuneration of any kind, and are thereafter returned to the owner thereof or to the order of the owner.

      (2) “Custom slaughtering establishment” means a mobile or stationary establishment wherein meat animals, caused to be delivered by the owners thereof, are slaughtered for compensation, payment or remuneration of any kind, and are thereafter returned to the owner thereof or to the order of the owner.

      (3) “Department” means the State Department of Agriculture.

      (4) “Equipment” means all machinery, fixtures, containers, vessels, tools, implements and apparatus used in and about an establishment.

      (5) “Establishment” means:

      (a) Any building, vehicle or structure in which meat animals are slaughtered for consumption or meat products are prepared, sold, offered or held for sale.

      (b) The ground upon which such place or business is operated or used and so much ground adjacent thereto as is also used in carrying on the business of the establishment. The department may prescribe such additional area or places which, although they may not be contiguous or adjacent to the above area or establishment, may be included therein.

      (6) “Meat animal” means any vertebrate animal, except fish and aquatic mammals, not otherwise prohibited by law for sale for human consumption.

      (7) “Meat or meat product” means any edible muscle, except any muscle found in the lips, snout or ears, of meat animals, which is skeletal or found in the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus, with or without any accompanying and overlying fat, and any portion of bone, skin, sinew, nerve or blood vessels normally accompanying the muscle tissue and not separated from it in the process of dressing or as otherwise prescribed by the department.

      (8) “Meat seller establishment” means an establishment wherein meat products are sold, offered or held for sale, but which are not prepared other than to be ground, seasoned, salted, frozen, boned, cut up, wrapped or packed.

      (9) “Nonslaughtering processing establishment” means any building, structure or vehicle wherein the activities of a slaughterhouse, custom slaughtering establishment or custom processing establishment or of an animal food slaughtering establishment or animal food processing establishment under ORS chapter 619 are not performed, but wherein meat products are prepared.

      (10) “Poultry” means chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and all other domesticated fowls or birds.

      (11) “Prepared” means ground, seasoned, canned, cooked, salted, frozen, smoked, cured, pickled, packed, boned, dried, cut up, wrapped or otherwise manufactured or processed.

      (12) “Slaughterhouse” means an establishment wherein meat animals are slaughtered.

      (13) “Unwholesome” means all meats or meat products that are diseased, contaminated, including drug or chemical residue, putrid, unsound, unhealthful or unfit for food. [Amended by 1953 c.692 §6; 1955 c.724 §1; 1959 c.239 §1; 1961 c.164 §1; 1969 c.565 §1; 1973 c.175 §3; 1975 c.304 §1; 1993 c.162 §1; 1995 c.79 §320; 2003 c.14 §360]

 

      603.015 Policy. The purpose and intent of ORS 599.205 and this chapter is to protect the livestock industry of this state against theft of meat animals and, giving cognition to the Federal Meat Inspection Act as defined in ORS chapter 619, to provide the State Department of Agriculture with the means to complement the enforcement of that Act by authorizing the department to take necessary and proper measures for the protection of the health and welfare of Oregon consumers. Such measures should include the prevention of sale and distribution of unwholesome meat and meat products, the exercising of quality controls and supervision, the establishment of general sanitary and safeguard provisions and the identification of meat animals and meat products. [1973 c.175 §2; 1981 c.248 §26]

 

      603.020 [Amended by 1955 c.724 §2; 1969 c.565 §2; repealed by 1973 c.175 §15]

 

      603.025 Licenses required; application; term; renewal; surety bond; fee; rules. (1) A person may not sell, offer to sell or expose for sale meat products or engage in any other activity described or identified in subsection (4) of this section without first obtaining and maintaining a license for that activity from the State Department of Agriculture. All such licenses shall expire on June 30 next following the date of issuance or on such date as may be specified by department rule. Renewal applications must be postmarked before the expiration date to be timely.

      (2) Application for a license required by this section shall be made to the department on forms prescribed by the department and shall contain any information the department deems necessary. The license is personal and nontransferable, with a separate license required for each establishment location. A new license is required each time there is a change in ownership, legal entity or establishment location.

      (3) In addition to other license requirements of this section, if an applicant for a license under subsection (4)(c) of this section has an average weekly dollar value of meat animal purchases that exceeds $10,000, the applicant shall submit with the application a surety bond with one or more corporate sureties authorized to do business in this state, or an irrevocable letter of credit issued by an insured institution, as defined in ORS 706.008. The bond or letter of credit shall be in an amount equal to twice the average daily value of meat animal purchases during the preceding calendar year, or the amount of $20,000, whichever amount is greater. The department shall prescribe the form for the bond or letter of credit. A bond or letter of credit is subject to department approval and must be conditioned upon faithful performance by the licensee of all obligations to the producers of meat animals arising from the sale of meat animals by producers to the licensee.

      (4) Each of the following activities must be licensed, and the fee established by the department paid with the license application:

      (a) Operation of a meat seller establishment. A license under this section allows only the meat products preparation described in ORS 603.010 (8).

      (b) Operation of a nonslaughtering processing establishment. A license under this section allows selling meat products at the same location without obtaining the license described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

      (c) Operation of a slaughterhouse. A license under this section allows selling meat products at the same location without obtaining the license described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

      (d) Operation of a custom slaughtering establishment or custom processing establishment. A license under this section does not allow selling meat products without first obtaining and maintaining the license described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

      (e) Operation of a slaughterhouse, custom slaughtering establishment or custom processing establishment wherein only poultry or rabbits are slaughtered or prepared. A license under this section allows selling only poultry or rabbit products at the same location without obtaining the license described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

      (5) The license required by this section shall be displayed at all times in a conspicuous manner at the address shown on the license.

      (6) The department may adopt rules establishing license fee schedules for establishments licensed under this section. The department may determine the license fee for an establishment based upon the annual gross dollar volume of sales and services by the applicant. In establishing the amount of the license fee for an establishment, the State Department of Agriculture shall use the annual gross dollar volume of sales and services by that establishment within Oregon during the prior calendar year or, if the establishment maintains sales and service records on a fiscal basis, the prior fiscal year. If the establishment applying for an original license or for a renewal license cannot provide the annual gross dollar volume of sales and services for a full calendar year, the department shall base the fee on estimated annual gross sales and services by the establishment. If an establishment whose previous year’s fee was determined using an estimated gross sales and services figure applies for renewal of that license, the fee for the previous license year shall be adjusted to reflect the actual annual gross dollar volume of sales and services by the establishment.

      (7) Except as provided in this subsection, the department may not adopt a rule under this section to establish a license fee that is more than three percent higher than the license fee charged during the preceding year for an establishment of the same type and having the same volume of gross sales and services. When adopting a rule establishing a license fee, notwithstanding the three percent limit, the department may round the fee amount to the next higher whole dollar amount. Fee schedules adopted under this section may not change the amount of the same license fee more frequently than once each year. [1973 c.175 §4; 1975 c.703 §1; 1982 s.s.1 c.4 §1; 1991 c.331 §92; 1991 c.632 §1; 1997 c.631 §505; 2005 c.735 §§1,2; 2007 c.768 §§19,20; 2012 c.64 §1]

 

      Note: The amendments to 603.025 by section 36, chapter 64, Oregon Laws 2012, become operative July 1, 2019. See section 45, chapter 64, Oregon Laws 2012. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2019, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

      603.025. (1) A person may not sell, offer to sell or expose for sale meat products or engage in any other activity described or identified in subsection (4) of this section without first obtaining and maintaining a license for that activity from the State Department of Agriculture. All such licenses shall expire on June 30 next following the date of issuance or on such date as may be specified by department rule. Renewal applications must be postmarked before the expiration date to be timely.

      (2) Application for a license required by this section shall be made to the department on forms prescribed by the department and shall contain any information the department deems necessary. The license is personal and nontransferable, with a separate license required for each establishment location. A new license is required each time there is a change in ownership, legal entity or establishment location.

      (3) In addition to other license requirements of this section, if an applicant for a license under subsection (4)(c) of this section has an average weekly dollar value of meat animal purchases that exceeds $10,000, the applicant shall submit with the application a surety bond with one or more corporate sureties authorized to do business in this state, or an irrevocable letter of credit issued by an insured institution, as defined in ORS 706.008. The bond or letter of credit shall be in an amount equal to twice the average daily value of meat animal purchases during the preceding calendar year, or the amount of $20,000, whichever amount is greater. The department shall prescribe the form for the bond or letter of credit. A bond or letter of credit is subject to department approval and must be conditioned upon faithful performance by the licensee of all obligations to the producers of meat animals arising from the sale of meat animals by producers to the licensee.

      (4) Each of the following activities must be licensed, and the fee established by the department paid with the license application:

      (a) Operation of a meat seller establishment. A license under this section allows only the meat products preparation described in ORS 603.010 (8).

      (b) Operation of a nonslaughtering processing establishment. A license under this section allows selling meat products at the same location without obtaining the license described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

      (c) Operation of a slaughterhouse. A license under this section allows selling meat products at the same location without obtaining the license described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

      (d) Operation of a custom slaughtering establishment or custom processing establishment. A license under this section does not allow selling meat products without first obtaining and maintaining the license described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

      (e) Operation of a slaughterhouse, custom slaughtering establishment or custom processing establishment wherein only poultry or rabbits are slaughtered or prepared. A license under this section allows selling only poultry or rabbit products at the same location without obtaining the license described in paragraph (a) of this subsection.

      (5) The license required by this section shall be displayed at all times in a conspicuous manner at the address shown on the license.

      (6) The department may adopt rules establishing license fee schedules for establishments licensed under this section. The department may determine the license fee for an establishment based upon the annual gross dollar volume of sales and services by the applicant. In establishing the amount of the license fee for an establishment, the State Department of Agriculture shall use the annual gross dollar volume of sales and services by that establishment within Oregon during the prior calendar year or, if the establishment maintains sales and service records on a fiscal basis, the prior fiscal year. If the establishment applying for an original license or for a renewal license cannot provide the annual gross dollar volume of sales and services for a full calendar year, the department shall base the fee on estimated annual gross sales and services by the establishment. If an establishment whose previous year’s fee was determined using an estimated gross sales and services figure applies for renewal of that license, the fee for the previous license year shall be adjusted to reflect the actual annual gross dollar volume of sales and services by the establishment.

      (7) The department may not adopt or enforce a rule under this section establishing a license fee that is higher than the license fee charged for the license year that began July 1, 2018, for an establishment of the same type and having the same volume of gross sales and services. Fee schedules adopted under this section may not change the amount of the same license fee more frequently than once each year.

 

      603.027 Refund of license fee in specific instances; application; rules. (1) Notwithstanding ORS 603.025 (2), whenever any business licensed pursuant to the requirements of ORS 603.025 (4)(a) is transferred by sale or otherwise, the person to whom the license was issued may apply to the State Department of Agriculture for a refund of that portion of the license fee applicable to the then unexpired portion of the license period. The person to whom the business is transferred shall not be required to pay a license fee that exceeds the amount of any refund to which the transferor is entitled pursuant to this subsection.

      (2) Application for the refund referred to in subsection (1) of this section shall be made at such time and in such manner as the department by rule may prescribe. [1975 c.188 §2]

 

      603.030 [Amended by 1953 c.692 §6; 1955 c.712 §20; 1955 c.724 §3; 1957 c.65 §1; 1961 c.425 §11; 1969 c.565 §3; repealed by 1973 c.175 §15]

 

      603.031 Additional users of establishment; fees; rules. (1) The State Department of Agriculture may issue licenses under this chapter to one or more additional users of a custom processing establishment, custom slaughtering establishment, meat seller establishment, nonslaughtering processing establishment or slaughterhouse that is licensed primarily for operation by another person. A license issued to an additional user of an establishment described in this subsection shall cover all operations at that establishment by the person licensed. Regardless of the number of persons licensed to use an establishment described in this subsection, the department may not recognize more than one person as the primary operator of the establishment.

      (2) The department may assess a license fee to an additional user of an establishment described in this section, calculated as provided in rules adopted under ORS 603.025. In calculating license fees as provided under ORS 603.025, the establishment’s annual gross dollar volume of sales and services for an additional user of the establishment is independent of the establishment’s annual gross dollar volume of sales for any other user or the primary operator of the establishment.

      (3) Notwithstanding ORS 603.025, the department may adopt rules to establish the license expiration, renewal and application dates for additional users of an establishment.

      (4) The department may adopt rules to determine the responsibilities of an establishment’s primary operator and additional users of the establishment under ORS 603.034, 603.045 (6), 603.055 and 603.059 and rules adopted under ORS 603.055 and 603.085.

      (5) A recognized primary operator of an establishment shall notify the department upon the expiration or termination of the rental or lease of the establishment by an additional user of the establishment. The renting or leasing of an establishment to a person licensed by the department as an additional user of the establishment or the expiration or termination of use by a person licensed as an additional user of the establishment does not, by itself, constitute the transfer of a business for purposes of ORS 603.027. [2007 c.645 §2; 2012 c.64 §19]

 

      603.033 [1955 c.724 §5; 1965 c.483 §7; 1967 c.392 §1; 1969 c.565 §4; repealed by 1973 c.175 §15]

 

      603.034 Denial, suspension or revocation of license; multiple activities; license exemption. (1) In accordance with the provisions of ORS chapter 183, the State Department of Agriculture may suspend, revoke, or refuse to issue a license to any applicant or licensee whose establishment construction, equipment or sanitation does not meet the requirements of the State Meat Inspection Act as defined in ORS chapter 619, or of ORS 599.205 and this chapter, or of the rules promulgated thereunder.

      (2) Notwithstanding the provisions of ORS chapter 183, upon conviction of a licensee of any violation of the State Meat Inspection Act, as defined in ORS chapter 619, or of any provisions of ORS 599.205 and this chapter, or of the rules promulgated thereunder, or upon determination by the department that a licensee has failed to maintain the surety bond or letter of credit required by ORS 603.025 (3), the department is authorized to forthwith suspend or revoke such license. The department shall, by certified mail addressed to such licensee at the address shown on the license, render notice that such license has been revoked or suspended.

      (3) Subject to ORS 603.025, authority to carry on more than one type of activity at the same establishment shall be approved by the department only if there is compliance with the laws and rules applicable to each separate activity.

      (4) ORS 599.205 and this chapter shall not require a person to obtain a license to slaughter on the person’s own premises a meat animal, owned by the person, for the person’s consumption or for consumption by members of the person’s household, nonpaying guests or employees. [1973 c.175 §5; 1975 c.703 §2; 1981 c.248 §27; 1991 c.331 §93; 2007 c.645 §3]

 

      603.035 [1953 c.692 §5; repealed by 1955 c.724 §17]

 

      603.038 Licensing exemption for certain poultry processors. (1) As used in this section, “poultry” means live or dead chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guinea fowl or other domesticated birds.

      (2) ORS 603.025 and 616.706 do not apply to a person that complies with this subsection:

      (a) During the calendar year, the person may slaughter not more than 1,000 poultry for use as human food. The person may slaughter and process only poultry that have been raised since two weeks of age by the person and that are free from disease. The person may not slaughter, process or sell poultry or poultry products except poultry described in this subsection and poultry eggs.

      (b) The person must slaughter the poultry at the business premises of the person in an establishment that meets the requirements in ORS 619.026 and any State Department of Agriculture rules adopted under ORS 619.046. The person may not allow other persons to use the establishment.

      (c) The person must comply with any federal limitations or prohibitions on introducing the poultry or products produced from the poultry into interstate commerce.

      (d) A person that claims exemption from ORS 603.025 and 616.706 under this section must maintain slaughtering, sales, sanitation and other records pertaining to the poultry as required by the department. The person shall allow the department to inspect the records and the slaughtering establishment upon request and as provided under ORS 576.024 and 619.036.

      (3) The exemption described in this section is in addition to any exemption that a person may claim under ORS 603.034 (4) for the slaughtering and processing of poultry for personal use. [2011 c.119 §1]

 

      Note: 603.038 was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 603 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

 

      603.040 [Amended by 1953 c.692 §6; 1955 c.724 §6; repealed by 1973 c.175 §15]

 

      603.045 Custom slaughter and processing regulations. A custom slaughtering establishment or a custom processing establishment shall:

      (1) Not buy or sell carcasses of meat animals, meat or meat products capable of use as human food unless such are marked, tagged or otherwise identified as inspected meat or meat products as required by ORS chapter 619.

      (2) Mark, tag or otherwise identify all individually wrapped packages or containers of meat or meat products slaughtered or prepared for the owner of a meat animal, at the time and in the manner prescribed by the State Department of Agriculture, so as to protect the people of this state from the purchase, use or consumption of uninspected or unwholesome meat or meat products. In addition to such marking, tagging and identifying as the department may prescribe, each such package or container shall be marked with the words “Not Inspected” and “Not For Sale” in letters at least three-eighths inch in size.

      (3) Provide the owner of the meat animal with a certificate, prescribed by the department, giving the accurate weight of the carcass resulting from the slaughter of such animal and the weight of the resulting product delivered to the owner.

      (4) Provide the owner of the meat animal with certificate and tags, prescribed by the department, establishing ownership of said carcass.

      (5) Record, and deliver to the department as it directs:

      (a) An accurate description of the breed characteristics and the brand or marks of each animal slaughtered.

      (b) The name and address of the person from whom each such animal was received and the date thereof.

      (c) The name and address of the person to whom the meat products of each such animal were delivered upon completion of the slaughter or preparation and the date thereof.

      (6) Maintain and only utilize an establishment and equipment in accordance with rules promulgated by the department.

      (7) Prepare and maintain records of all meat animals received by the establishment for slaughter. Such records shall include:

      (a) The number and kind of poultry or rabbits or, in the case of other meat animals, an accurate description of the breed characteristics and the brand or marks of such other meat animal, slaughtered.

      (b) The name and address of the person from whom each such animal was received and the date thereof.

      (c) The name and address of the person to whom the meat products of each such animal were delivered upon completion of the slaughter and the date thereof. [1973 c.175 §6; 1977 c.758 §1]

 

      603.050 [Amended by 1955 c.724 §7; repealed by 1973 c.175 §15]

 

      603.055 Equipment and facilities requirements. Each establishment, other than those subject to ORS 603.045, shall maintain and only utilize an establishment and equipment in accordance with rules promulgated by the State Department of Agriculture. [1973 c.175 §7]

 

      603.059 Unclean slaughterhouses prohibited. No owner or occupier of premises where animals are slaughtered shall permit the same to remain unclean, to the extent that it constitutes a health hazard. [Formerly 433.710]

 

      603.060 [Amended by 1955 c.724 §8; 1959 c.239 §2; 1967 c.396 §2; repealed by 1969 c.565 §48]

 

      603.065 Slaughter methods. (1) Cattle, equines, sheep or swine shall be slaughtered by a licensee and handled in connection with slaughter, by any method which:

      (a) Renders each such animal insensible to pain by a single blow or gunshot or by an electrical, chemical or other means that is rapid and effective, before the animal is shackled, hoisted, thrown, cast or cut; or

      (b) Is in accordance with the ritual requirements of any religious faith that prescribes a method of slaughter whereby the animal suffers loss of consciousness by anemia of the brain caused by the simultaneous and instantaneous severance of the carotid arteries with a sharp instrument.

      (2) No licensee engaged in the slaughter of animals described in subsection (1) of this section shall slaughter by any method other than therein described, nor shall shackle, hoist, or otherwise bring such animals not previously rendered insensible to pain in accordance with subsection (1) of this section into position for slaughter by any method which shall cause injury or pain. [1973 c.175 §11]

      603.070 [Amended by 1955 c.724 §9; repealed by 1969 c.565 §48]

 

      603.075 Brand inspection service fee. The State Department of Agriculture may impose on any establishment required by the laws of this state to have brand inspection the service fee established under ORS 604.046 (2). Such fee is appropriated as set forth in ORS chapter 604. Notwithstanding ORS 604.046 (2), the department may waive the service fee under circumstances the department deems appropriate. [1973 c.175 §8; 1975 c.574 §1; 1981 c.248 §19; 2007 c.229 §7]

 

      603.080 [Amended by 1955 c.724 §10; repealed by 1969 c.565 §48]

 

      603.085 Rulemaking authority. In accordance with the provisions of ORS chapter 183 the State Department of Agriculture may promulgate rules necessary to carry out and enforce ORS 599.205 and this chapter, including but not limited to:

      (1) The methods of marking or tagging packages required by ORS 603.045 (2).

      (2) The establishment of minimum standards of construction of establishments and equipment and of maintenance and sanitation of such establishments and equipment.

      (3) The establishment of the major phases of processing and forms of the certificates and tags required by ORS 603.045 (3) and (4). [1973 c.175 §9; 1981 c.248 §28]

 

      603.090 [Repealed by 1955 c.724 §17]

 

      603.091 [1959 c.565 §16; 1969 c.565 §5; repealed by 1973 c.175 §15]

 

      603.095 Disposition of funds received by department. Except as provided in ORS 603.075, all moneys received by the State Department of Agriculture pursuant to ORS 599.269 and this chapter shall be paid into the Department of Agriculture Service Fund. Such moneys are continuously appropriated to the department for the purpose of administering ORS 599.269, ORS chapters 604, 616 and 619 and this chapter and for the purpose of administering such provisions of ORS chapters 162, 164 and 607 as apply to theft of livestock. [1973 c.175 §10; 1975 c.574 §1a; 1979 c.499 §17; 1981 c.248 §32; 1982 s.s.1 c.4 §2]

 

      603.100 [Repealed by 1955 c.724 §17]

 

      603.101 [1959 c.565 §17; 1969 c.565 §6; repealed by 1973 c.175 §15]

 

      603.110 [Repealed by 1955 c.724 §17]

 

      603.120 [Amended by 1955 c.724 §11; repealed by 1973 c.175 §15]

 

      603.130 [Repealed by 1955 c.724 §17]

 

      603.140 [Amended by 1955 c.724 §12; repealed by 1973 c.175 §15]

 

      603.150 [Amended by 1955 c.724 §13; repealed by 1973 c.175 §15]

 

      603.160 [Repealed by 1973 c.175 §15]

 

      603.170 [Repealed by 1955 c.724 §17]

 

      603.172 [1965 c.483 §6; repealed by 1969 c.565 §48]

 

      603.180 [Repealed by 1973 c.175 §15]

 

      603.190 [Amended by 1955 c.724 §14; repealed by 1973 c.175 §15]

 

      603.200 Payment by processors to producers; payment by sellers to processors; interest; definitions. Notwithstanding any other provision of law:

      (1) In the absence of a contract or other agreement providing otherwise, any processor who purchases meat animals from the producers thereof shall make full payment therefor not later than the second business day after the day the processor takes delivery of any such meat animal.

      (2) In the absence of a contract or other agreement providing otherwise, any meat seller who purchases meat or meat products from the processor thereof shall make full payment therefor not later than the seventh business day after the day the meat seller takes delivery of any such meat or meat product.

      (3) Any person who fails to make payment as required by subsections (1) and (2) of this section shall pay, in addition to the amount due, interest thereon at the rate of one percent per month.

      (4) As used in this section:

      (a) “Meat animal” has the meaning for that term provided in ORS 603.010.

      (b) “Meat or meat product” has the meaning for that term provided in ORS 603.010.

      (c) “Meat seller” means a person required to obtain a license described in ORS 603.025 (4)(a).

      (d) “Processor” means a person required to obtain a license described in ORS 603.025 (4)(b) to (e). [1975 c.703 §10; 2012 c.64 §35]

 

      Note: 603.200 was enacted into law by the Legislative Assembly but was not added to or made a part of ORS chapter 603 or any series therein by legislative action. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

 

      603.310 [1961 c.407 §§1,2; repealed by 1973 c.175 §15]

 

      603.320 [1961 c.407 §3; repealed by 1973 c.175 §15]

 

      603.990 [Subsection (3) enacted as 1959 c.565 §19; repealed by 1973 c.175 §15]

 

      603.992 Penalties. (1) Except as provided in subsections (2) and (3) of this section, violation of this chapter, or rules promulgated thereunder, is a misdemeanor.

      (2) Violation of ORS 603.065 is a Class B misdemeanor.

      (3) Violation of ORS 603.059 is a Class D violation. If the nuisance is not removed within five days after the first offense, it is considered a second offense, and every like neglect of each succeeding five days thereafter is considered an additional offense. [1973 c.175 §12; 1981 c.248 §29; 1982 s.s.1 c.4 §3; 2001 c.104 §237]

 

      603.995 Civil penalties; rules; disposition of penalty moneys. (1) In addition to any penalty available under ORS 561.190 or 603.992, the State Department of Agriculture may impose a civil penalty for a violation of this chapter or of rules adopted under this chapter. For the purposes of this section, each day a violation continues after the period of time established for compliance shall be considered a separate violation unless the department finds that a different period of time is more appropriate to describe a specific violation event.

      (2) The department may adopt rules establishing a schedule of civil penalties that may be imposed under this section. Civil penalties imposed under this section may not exceed $10,000 for each violation.

      (3) When the department imposes a civil penalty under subsection (1) of this section, the department shall impose the penalty in the manner provided by ORS 183.745, except that the written application for a hearing must be received by the department no later than 10 days after the date of mailing or personal service of the notice of civil penalty.

      (4) Moneys received by the department from civil penalties imposed under this section shall be deposited in the General Fund to the credit of the Department of Agriculture Account. [2009 c.175 §5]

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