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Meat, Poultry, and Egg Safety

The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is responsible for meat, egg products, and poultry products inspections. The Federal Meat Inspection Act provides FSIS with inspection duties for meat products sold in interstate commerce. FSIS also reinspects imported meat products to ensure they meet U.S. food safety standards. The Poultry Products Inspection Act and the Egg Products Inspection Act provides similar jurisdiction over those products. For example, in an egg processing plant, an inspector would examine eggs before and after breaking, that are intended for further processing and for use as food. FSIS works with manufacturers and distributors to uncover problems, set the parameters for recall, and monitor its implementation.

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