Federal Meat and Poultry Inspection in Michigan

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has jurisdiction over meat and poultry products as they are defined by the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Acts and FSIS policy. FSIS operates two basic programs:

 

  • Establishments that are granted USDA inspection including animal (before and after slaughter) and facility sanitation inspections.
  • Exempt meat and poultry establishments where animal inspections (before or after slaughter) are not are performed. Sanitation inspections may be conducted on a periodic basis. Exemptions include:

 

Exemption

Description

Retail

See FSIS Retail Meat Exemptions 

Small Volume Poultry Processing

See Specific FSIS Guidance for Poultry Operations 

Custom

Exempt if:

  • The owner of the livestock slaughters it for his own use, or for use by members of his household or nonpaying guests; OR

 

  • The animal is slaughtered or processed by someone other than the owner for the personal use of the owner of the animal.

 

 

 

USDA FSIS links

 

 

  • Ask FSIS  - http://askfsis.custhelp.com/app/answers/list 
    • Find answers to questions on inspection-related policies, programs, systems, and procedures. Search the knowledge base, submit a new question, or sign up to be notified when answers are updated;
    • Use the "Search" box to find resources related to key words such as: lethality, cooling, validation, shelf stable, etc.;
    • Submit questions to FSIS and receive a written response.