Meat, Poultry, and Egg Products Inspection

To assure that all meat, poultry and egg products produced in plants and shipped in commerce are federally inspected for safety, wholesomeness, and proper labeling.

Agency - Department of Agriculture

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.

Office - See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a list of addresses of the District Offices.

Program Accomplishments

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General public (meat, poultry, and egg products.)



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

A request for inspection should be submitted to the Meat, Poultry and Egg Products Inspection District Office, or to the Administrator.

Award Procedures

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

Not applicable.


Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Not applicable.

Post Assistance Requirements




Not applicable.



Financial Information

Account Identification

12-3700-0-1-554; 12-8137-0-7-352.


(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

Not applicable.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

MPI-7, Meat and Poultry Inspection Manual; Sanitation Handbook; 9 CFR 301-592, Inspection Regulations.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Appendix IV of the Catalog for a list of addresses of the District Offices.

Headquarters Office

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.)

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.

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