State and local governments have an increasingly important role in helping improve public health through food safety and security. FSIS provides guidance and assistance on the use of science-driven, risk-based approaches to the control of foodborne hazards. States and local governments help oversee the raising and transporting of food producing animals, the administration of inspections to intrastate meat and poultry processing facilities, and the regulatory oversight of retail and inspection-exempt businesses handling those products.
Twenty-seven states have established meat and poultry inspection programs for products produced and sold within their jurisdictions. They must enforce requirements at least equal to those of FSIS' Federal inspection program and are reimbursed up to 50% of the cost. Related Information:
State Oversight of Inspection-Exempt Products, Food Transport, Storage, Retail Stores and Restaurants Resources
Most of the Nation's meat and poultry (and all its processed egg product) is produced under Federal inspection in about 6,200 plants, but much processing and handling of products takes place outside those plants. Inspection requirements are waived for meat from custom slaughter facilities, poultry from small farms, and products processed in retail stores and restaurants, but these products must remain safe for human consumption.
FSIS provides information, materials, and assistance to help State and local agencies achieve food safety goals. These resources and publications are designed to help you reduce foodborne hazards.
Federal Emergency Laboratory Network
FSIS, together with FDA, helps to maintain communications and coordination among government laboratories at the Federal, State, and local government levels, to ensure laboratory capabilities and capacities are adequate for any emergency involving food and agriculture.
Animal and Egg Production Food Safety (PDF Only)
Improving the safety of meat, poultry and egg products depends on reducing or eliminating hazards associated with source animals. This involves animal production, transportation, marketing and pre-slaughter preparation of livestock, poultry and production of eggs.
FSIS continuously seeks new ideas and strategies to reduce the incidence of foodborne illnesses associated with meat, poultry, and egg products. We strengthen our public health capabilities and support for food safety innovation through the funding of cooperative agreements.
Food Defense & Emergency Response
FSIS works with State agencies as well as with its sister Federal agencies in the safeguarding of America's food and agriculture industries. FSIS provides guidelines that all segments of the population, including meat, poultry, and egg products plants can use to ensure that the products they produce and consume remain safe and secure.