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Summary of North Carolina Poultry Disposal Regulations

Apr 18, 2014


The following guideline for disposal of dead poultry was issued by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The document is reproduced for the benefit of subscribers. It is emphasized that the comprehensive guideline relates to North Carolina only. Producers must comply with all relevant Federal, state and county regulations and follow the directives of duly authorized officials.

Disposal of poultry carcasses in North Carolina is under the jurisdiction of the State Veterinarian.  The State Veterinarian approves all methods which may be used for disposal, and in addition directs disposal in times of disease outbreak or natural disaster which may result in mortality levels too high for normal disposal methods.  The authority for this jurisdiction lies in General Statutes 106-403 (Appendix A), 106-549.70 (Appendix B) and the NC Administrative Code 02 NCAC 52C (Appendix C). Failure to comply with NC General Statutes or Administrative Code in the disposal of dead animals may result in a civil penalty of up to $5,000 per violation.

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