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Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture - FSIS/USDA

Organization URL(s)

www.fsis.usda.gov/

Other Contact Information

1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250-3700
1-888-674-6854 (Voice - Toll-free)
202-720-9904 (Voice)
202-720-6050 (FAX)
1-800-256-7072 (Voice - TTY)

Description

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ensures that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged as required by the Federal Meat Inspection Act, The Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act. FSIS inspects all meat, poultry and egg products sold in interstate and foreign commerce, including imports. FSIS also inspects products during processing, handling, and packaging to ensure that they are safe and truthfully labeled. Through the Agency's Meat and Poultry Hotline (1-888-674-6854) and consumer education programs, the public is informed on how to properly handle, prepare, and store meat, poultry, and egg products to minimize the growth of foodborne pathogens.

Online Resources

Print Resources

FSIS produces a wide variety of pamphlets and other educational materials on such topics as food safety, food additives, food labeling, foodborne illness, and the inspection programs. Some publications are available in Spanish.

Review Date

Friday, Dec 12, 2008