Pig Roast Procedures

USDA Inspection
All meat products for Public Food Service Facility (PFSF) operations must be from an approved source. USDA inspection is required for the following meat products: beef, pork, horse, sheep, turkey, chicken, duck and geese. For Health Department licensing, whole pigs used for pig roasts are traced back to the place of slaughter. The place of slaughter must be under USDA authority.

Custom Butchering Operations are not acceptable for PFSF operations. Custom butchering occurs when the person performing the butchering also owns the animal prior to slaughtering. If this is the case, the meat can only be used for personal use by the owner of the animal.

Public vs. Private
Whether a pig roast event is private or public becomes an important consideration, since the source of the pig and the licensing of the person cooking the pig are at issue.

Public Event - requires license if any of the following situations are true:
  • It is a fund raising event
  • There is a fee for attending or money is exchanged.
  • The caterer who performs the cooking does any preparation at a site separate from the event.
  • A caterer is hired as an "Independent Contractor".
Private Event - When all of the following situations are true: (The Health Department recommends that a Certified Food Manager review procedures beforehand and be present for the event.)
  • All cooking and preparation takes place at the serving site
  • Attendees are personal guests of the host and the meal is purely a benevolent gesture without any expectation of reward
  • The person preparing is considered "domestic help" of the person giving the party
  • The host accepts all liability for the source of the food and handling of the food
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points Plan for Public Licensed Events - Critical Control Points are cooking temperatures, internal temperatures of the pig and safe holding temperatures following cooking, or time used as a control. Please refer to Chester County Food Code for specific information All other considerations for temporary events must be followed.