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Agencies to Contact for Additional Information

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USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The FSIS, a public health regulatory agency, protects consumers by ensuring that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome, and accurately labeled.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA protects human health and safeguards the natural environment.  Grant and fellowship opportunities are available at

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to the stewardship of living marine resources through science-based conservation and management, and the promotion of healthy ecosystems.

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) AMS commodity programs oversee marketing agreements and orders, administers research and promotion programs, and purchases commodities for Federal food programs. AMS collects and analyzes data about pesticide residue levels in agricultural commodities. The Transportation and Marketing Program works to ensure that there is an efficient transportation system for rural America that begins at the farm gate, moves agricultural and other rural products through the Nation’s highways, railroads, airports, and waterways, and into the domestic and international marketplace. This program enhances the overall effectiveness of the food marketing system, provides better quality products to the consumer at reasonable cost, improves market access for growers with small-to medium-sized farms, and promotes regional economic development.

USDA Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) The Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) facilitates the marketing of livestock, poultry, meat, cereals, oilseeds, and related agricultural products and promotes fair and competitive trading practices for the overall benefit of consumers and American agriculture.

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is a multi-faceted Agency with a broad mission area that includes protecting and promoting U.S. agricultural health, regulating genetically engineered organisms, administering the Animal Welfare Act and carrying out wildlife damage management activities.

USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS). The ARS is the principal research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. ARS is charged with extending the Nation’s scientific knowledge across a broad range of program areas that affect the American people on a daily basis.

USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, (CSREES) The CSREES, in cooperation with partners and customers, provides the focus to advance a global system of research, extension, and higher education in the food and agricultural sciences and related environmental and human sciences to benefit people, communities, and the Nation.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS is the U.S. government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

Office of Regulatory Affairs, Division of Federal-State Relations. The Food and Drug Administration, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Division of Federal-State Relations, interacts with, and serves as the focal point for cooperating state and local officials, and associations of those state officials, to promote cohesive and uniform policies and activities in food and drug-related matters.  Information on grant funds for the support of innovative food safety projects are available at

Food Safety

USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline (1-800-535-4555; 1-800-256-7072/TTY) – Helps consumers prevent food borne illness by answering their questions about safe storage, handling, and preparation of meat and poultry products.

ASK FSIS (1-800-233-3935) – Provides answers to questions from regulatory and public health officials concerning products under FSIS’ jurisdiction, with emphasis on meat, poultry, and egg product safety, from farm to table.  The staff responds to technical and regulatory questions on the raising of animals, the slaughter of animals, the processing of products from those animals, and the handling of such products during transportation, storage, retail, and food service operations.  The Help Line is staffed from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, CST, Monday through Friday.

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State, Local and Other Agencies

Federal Government Partners in Food Safety

National Association of State Meat and Food Inspection Directors (NASMFID)
The NASMFID is an organization of directors, assistant directors, and professional employees of state meat and poultry inspection programs.

Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO)
AFDO fosters uniformity among jurisdictions in the adoption and enforcement of food, drug and other laws and regulations that protect public health and safety. AFDO and its six regional affiliates provide a forum for addressing a wide range of issues concerning food safety and consumer protection. Members include officials of Federal, State and local regulatory agencies.

Conference for Food Protection (CFP)
The CFP provides a public forum for a discussion of issues relating to retail food safety policies and requirements. The CFP provides recommendations to the Federal agencies on policies and changes to the Food Code.  Members consist of state and local regulators, industry representatives, consumer representatives, and academia.

Directory of State and Local Officials – 2001
Health, Agriculture, Board of Pharmacy and other State Departments

State Food Safety Task Forces
State Food Safety Task Forces foster communication and cooperation among the food safety regulatory agencies within the states.  FSIS and FDA participate with the states in addressing food safety issues at the state and local level that are being addressed at the national level.

Niche Meat Processor Assistance Network (NMPAN)
NMPAN is a network and info hub for people and organizations who want small meat processors to thrive.  They help develop and distribute tools and information for small processors and the farmers, marketers, and meat buyers who depend on them.

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2 thoughts on “Agencies to Contact for Additional Information

  1. Denise Tarbox says:

    I would like to know if there is a mobile poultry (chicken) processing unit in the Tioga Co. area? If not do you have any recommendations for a poultry processing facility that would accomodate 25-50 chickens? Thank you for your help.

  2. says:

    Hi Denise,
    I encourage you to use our slaughterhouse map,, to find a poultry processor nearest you.

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