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Meat, Poultry, And Egg Products Inspection

Program Descriptions

Program Number



Meat, Poultry, And Egg Products Inspection


Federal Agency




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.






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.


Types of Assistance

Provision of Specialized Services.


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.)




Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

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

Award Procedure

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.



Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

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.


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.


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.)

Web Site Address


Related Programs

10.475, Cooperative Agreements With States For Intrastate Meat And Poultry Inspection


Examples of Funded Projects

Not applicable.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not applicable.


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