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31.51 DEFINITIONS.
    Subdivision 1. Scope. For the purpose of sections 31.51 to 31.58, the terms defined in this
section have the meaning ascribed to them.
    Subd. 2. Slaughter house. "Slaughter house" means an establishment in which animals other
than poultry are slaughtered, eviscerated, or dressed for human food.
    Subd. 3. Retail meat market; wholesale meat processing establishment. "Retail
meat market" or "wholesale meat processing establishment" means an establishment with or
without slaughtering facilities, where animal carcasses or edible products derived therefrom
are cured, salted, processed, packaged, or otherwise prepared for sale as food intended for
human consumption; provided, however, that retail meat market or wholesale meat processing
establishment does not include: (1) a purveyor of meals, or (2) a frozen food processing plant in
which no slaughtering operations are conducted.
    Subd. 4. Sausage plant. "Sausage plant" means an establishment in which meats are
processed into sausages or other similar products and packed for shipment, storage, or for
wholesale sales.
    Subd. 5.[Repealed, 1969 c 87 s 7]
    Subd. 6. Poultry dressing plant. "Poultry dressing plant" means an establishment in which
poultry is killed and dressed for human food.
    Subd. 7.[Repealed, 1969 c 87 s 7]
    Subd. 8. Rabbit dressing plant. "Rabbit dressing plant" means an establishment in which
rabbits are killed and dressed for human food.
    Subd. 9. Animal. "Animal" means cattle, swine, sheep, goats, farmed cervidae, as defined in
section 35.153, subdivision 3, horses, mules or other equines, llamas as defined in section 17.455,
subdivision 2
, and ratitae, as defined in section 17.453, subdivision 3.
    Subd. 10.[Repealed, 1996 c 310 s 1]
    Subd. 11.[Repealed, 1963 c 598 s 4]
    Subd. 12.[Repealed, 1996 c 310 s 1]
    Subd. 13.[Repealed, 1969 c 87 s 7]
    Subd. 14. Purveyor of meals. "Purveyor of meals" means a person who cooks or otherwise
prepares for sale directly to the consumer meat or poultry products from animals or poultry
which have been slaughtered or processed in a state licensed establishment, or an establishment
holding a state permit or in an establishment which is under the inspection program of the United
States Department of Agriculture.
History: 1955 c 494 s 1; 1959 c 284 s 1-5; 1961 c 113 s 1; 1961 c 560 s 2,3; 1963 c 598 s 1;
1969 c 87 s 1-4; 1983 c 300 s 15; 1993 c 375 art 9 s 8; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 12; 2006 c 212 art 1 s 22