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The Minnesota State Meat Inspection Program is responsible for ensuring that meat and poultry processed in the State are both safe and wholesome. Meat and poultry products are an integral part of the food chain. Because these products can be associated with food borne diseases, ensuring that the products produced in Minnesota are safe is an important public health safeguard. This program provides services in the following Program areas:
Many of the requirements for meat processing depend upon what type of operation you will have and who your customers are. If you do multiple activities, you may need more than one kind of inspection. Use the following chart to determine what type of operation you have and then follow the links at the bottom for more information on the requirements you will need to meet.
What type of inspection will I need?
Many of the same rules and regulations that apply to red meat processing also apply to poultry processing, especially when an establishment is under “Equal To” Inspection or Custom exempt inspection. However, there are many exemptions for poultry producers that dictate which producers need inspection. These exemptions primarily apply to poultry producers who raise their own birds, slaughter them on their farm, and then sell them directly from their farm. For more clarification on whether or not these exemptions apply to you, call 651-201-6300.
Egg inspection activities are conducted in conjunction with USDA and State regulations.
Flock owners with 3,000 or more layers must register under a Federal program called the Shell Egg Surveillance Act.
Smaller producers are exempt from registering under the Federal program, however, each producer wishing to sell shell eggs to other businesses for resale must be registered with the State of Minnesota. Exempt egg producers are still required to follow the State regulations for handling and labeling of their eggs.
Dairy &Meat Inspection Division
Nicole Neeser, DVM, MPH
Dairy, Meat & Poultry Inspection Program Manager
Meat, Poultry& Egg Inspection Program Manager
Meat Inspection Compliance Officer
Jennifer M. Stephes
Meat Inspection Supervisor
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The Minnesota Department of Agriculture strives to ensure that reasonable steps are taken to provide meaningful access and an equal opportunity to participate in services, activities and programs to individuals whose first language is not English or who need an accommodation for a disability.
Translation services are available if individuals need assistance to access services, activities and programs; key documents and resources may be translated upon request.
For assistance in obtaining access to services or to arrange for translation services, please contact the Dairy and Meat Inspection Division at 651-201-6300.