Food and Agriculture (Federal/Interstate)

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814-Other Federal Agencies


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.


1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20250

(202) 720-2791 (recording)

(202) 720-9352 Fax

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

Food Safety and Inspection Service:

District 5 Office Inspection Operations

Western Regional Headquarters

800 Buchanan Street

Albany, CA 94710

(510) 337-5000

(510) 337-5081 Fax

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

USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline

(888) 674-6854