Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.
In fiscal year 2006, the program inspected operations at about 6,300 establishments which produced about 107.9 billion pounds of meat, poultry and egg products. The scope of program operations in fiscal years 2007 and 2008 will be similar.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Meat, poultry, and egg products plants located within the United States or its Territories engaged in slaughtering or processing meat, poultry, and egg products for shipment in commerce are required to have inspection.
All plants located within the U. S. or its territories processing egg products are required to be under continuous USDA inspection.
The Department of Agriculture is reimbursed for overtime and holiday inspection services.
Inspection not required under law is provided on request for a fee.
Any meat or poultry plant planning to engage in slaughtering or processing meat and poultry products, and all egg products processing plants for shipment in commerce.
This program is available in the U.S.
and its Territories.
General public (meat, poultry, and egg products.)
Aplication and Award Process
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
A request for inspection should be submitted to the Meat, Poultry and Egg Products Inspection District Office, or to the Administrator.
Certification is made that the applicant meets the regulations on sanitation, and operating standards for the inspection of meat, poultry and egg products plant facilities and equipment.
Federal Meat Inspection Act, Public Law 90-201, 21 U.S.C. 601-624, 641-645, 661, 671-680; 691-695; Poultry Products Inspection Act, Public Law 90-492, 21 U.S.C. 451-471; Humane Slaughter Act, Public Law 85-765, 7 U.S.C. 1901-1906; Egg Products Inspection Act, Public Law 91- 597, 21 U.S.C. 1031-1056; Agriculture Marketing Act of 1946, as amended; 7 U.S.C. 1621-1627.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Post Assistance Requirements
(Salaries and expenses for Account 12-3700-0-1-554); FY 07 $840,906,692; FY 08 est 877,945,000; and FY 09 est not reported. (Salaries and expenses for Account 12-8137-0-7-352) FY 07 $6,642,000; FY 08 est $6,841,000; and FY 09 est not reported.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
MPI-7, Meat and Poultry Inspection Manual; Sanitation Handbook; 9 CFR 301-592, Inspection Regulations.
Regional or Local Office
See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a list of addresses of the District Offices.
Assistant Administrator, Field Operations, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC 20250. Contact: Kenneth Petersen. Telephone: (202) 720-8803. (Use the same number for FTS.)
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