Town shuts down poultry processor
Warren — The town of Warren was notified March 27 that a local poultry processor will need to be shut down pending installation of an approved wastewater disposal system.
Town Manager Elaine Clark told the Board of Selectmen at its April 2 meeting of the impending activity or lack thereof at Maine-ly Poultry, located on Route 1.
The United States Department of Agriculture and the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry notified the town code enforcement officer and the owner of Maine-ly Poultry March 24 that the facility did not have a proper approved wastewater disposal system. The business has not had such a system in its 20 years of operation, Clark told the board.
"You are hereby ordered to cease any and all activity involved with the slaughter/processing activities of poultry and/or any other animals or fowl at this location," is what was stated in the order delivered to John Barnstein, owner of Maine-ly Poultry, by town Code Enforcement Officer Stan Waltz.
The order further states Barnstein has until Monday, April 14 to be compliant, otherwise a penalty of not less than $100 and not more than $1,000 for each day out of compliance will be assessed.
According to Clark, Barnstein does have the right to design a system that meets the requirements. A return phone call from Barnstein has not been received.
Maine-ly Poultry processes chicken broilers and turkeys. Products available at the farm are chicken pies, sausage, salads, and smoked chicken.
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