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FOOD AND AGRICULTURE (FEDERAL/INTERSTATE)

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees the inspection of meat and poultry, ensuring that only safe, wholesome, and truthfully labeled products reach the consumer. The Department is also responsible for educating consumers on the proper storage, handling, and preparation of the product after purchase.



They also monitor and investigate complaints of food overpricing by large companies; inspects equipment used to process meat and poultry, and safety aspects (presence of bacteria) in meat and poultry.



USDA
1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20250

(202) 720-2791 (recording)
(202) 720-9352 Fax
www.usda.gov


Government surplus foods cannot be sold in markets or stores. Food/Consumer Service information.



US Department of Agriculture
801 I Street, Room 416
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 498-5790
(916) 498-6487 Fax


Food Safety and Inspection Service:

District 5 Office Inspection Operations
Western Regional Headquarters
620 Central Avenue, Building 2-C
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 337-5000
(510) 337-5081 Fax
www.fsis.usda.gov


Safe food storage, handling, preparation; Product dating; Product content:

USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline
(888) 674-6854


See also:
Food and Agriculture (State, Department of)
Farm and Home/Cooperative Extension



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