States are key FSIS partners. Formal working relationships are reflected in
Cooperative Agreements between FSIS and affected State agencies
State Meat and Poultry Inspection (MPI) Programs are an integral
part of the nation's food safety system. About 1,900 meat and poultry
establishments are inspected under State MPI programs. All of these
establishments are small or very small. State MPI programs are characterized
as providing more personalized guidance to establishments in developing
their food safety oriented operations. FSIS provides approximately
$50 million dollars annually to support the 27 State MPI programs
State MPI programs operate under a cooperative agreement with FSIS.
Under the agreement, a State's program must enforce requirements
"at least equal to" those imposed under the Federal Meat Inspection
Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act. In States with inspection programs,
establishments have the option to apply for Federal or State inspection. However, product
produced under State inspection is limited to intrastate commerce.
FSIS provides up to 50% of the State's operating funds, as well
as training and other assistance. FSIS provides guidance to state
MPI programs under these agreements.
State Partnerships with FSIS