Food Safety Facts
Food Safety Information
United States Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health
agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring
that the nation’s commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products
is safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.
Door-to-Door Meat Sales
USDA Photo Consumer Checklist
In today’s rapid pace world, shopping at home can be both convenient and timesaving. And for many older
adults, stay-at-home parents, or shut-ins, it may be the only convenient way to shop. Many of these shoppers
buy their groceries over the Internet. However, some consumers purchase meat and poultry from dealers who
knock on their door.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
receives many complaints from consumers after the
purchase has taken place because the quality of the
meat or poultry is not what they expected it to be.
These are often not the delicious cuts of meat touted
by the salesman. Unfortunately, many unhappy
customers have little or no information about the
door-to-door sales company, so redress is difficult or
However, if they’ve done their homework, consumers
can be pleased with door-to-door meat and poultry
sales. Before making a decision they might later
regret, consumers need to find out important
information about the dealer and the company.
The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline can help potential
buyers do their homework by giving them tips to look
for when buying meat and poultry from door-to-door
salesmen. And in some instances, if the consumer
has information about the company, help can be
obtained after the sale as well.
Inspection and Grading of Meat and
Although inspection of meat and poultry is
mandatory, grading is voluntary. All meat and poultry
transported and sold in interstate commerce must
be inspected by the Federal government. The box or
package of meat must be