DONATED PRODUCTS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
1. Question: What type of product can be donated?
Answer: Any meat, poultry, or egg product that is safe, wholesome, and
capable of use as human food can be donated. In addition, products that
are misbranded or economically adulterated but are otherwise safe,
wholesome, and capable of use as human food can also be donated. The
Meat and Poultry Products Inspection Acts permit the donation of products
to non-profit organizations (e.g., food banks, charitable institutions, child
welfare facilities) (see section 403(a)(5)(A) of Federal Meat Inspection Act
(FMIA) and section 20(a)(5)(A) of the Poultry Products Inspection Act
2. Question: What are some types of organizations that may receive
Answer: Products can be donated to charitable institutions, food banks,
and government-supported facilities, such as correctional facilities, child
welfare facilities, homes for senior populations, institutions for the
physically or mentally ill, or similar qualifying institutions.
3. Question: Can an establishment donate product that is found to be
adulterated to non-profit organizations as a means of disposing of the
Answer: No, except when the product is found to be economically
adulterated under section 1(m)(8) of the FMIA or section 4(g)(8) of the
PPIA (see Question that follows), an establishment cannot dispose of
product found to be adulterated by donating it to non-profit organizations.
Product found to be adulterated must, as set out in 9 CFR 318.2. have all
official inspection legends and markings removed and be condemned and
disposed of in accordance with 9 CFR 314 and 381.95.
4. Question: What are “economically adulterated” products? Can they be
donated to non-profit organizations?
Answer: “Economically adulterated” products, to paraphrase the FMIA
and PPIA, are products from which any valuable constituent in whole or in
part has been omitted or removed, or in which any less valuable