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Food Safety and Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Contact Information

Food Safety Education & Communication Staff
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250-3700

1-888-674-6854 (Voice - Toll-free)
202-720-9904 (Voice)
202-720-6050 (FAX)
1-800-256-7072 (Voice - TTY)

Internet Resources


The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, ensures that the nation's commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged as required by the Federal Meat Inspection Act, The Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act. FSIS inspects all meat, poultry and egg products sold in interstate and foreign commerce, including imports. FSIS also inspects products during processing, handling, and packaging to ensure that they are safe and truthfully labeled. Through the Agency's Meat and Poultry Hotline (1-888-674-6854) and consumer education programs, the public is informed on how to properly handle, prepare, and store meat, poultry, and egg products to minimize the growth of foodborne pathogens.


FSIS produces a wide variety of pamphlets and other educational materials on such topics as food safety, food additives, food labeling, foodborne illness, and the inspection programs. Some publications are available in Spanish.


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Date Entered: 5/1/1998
Date Edited: 12/10/2012
Date Revised: 2/11/2004
Health Referral Number: HR0412
Accession Number: DP91A0361

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