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Meat & Poultry Inspection Compliance

Our meat inspection compliance program is the second line of defense in assuring that consumers receive wholesome, properly labeled meat and poultry products. The compliance program extends regulatory functions carried out in inspected slaughter and processing plants to the meat and poultry allied industries. Prevention, detection, and resolution of violations of meat and poultry inspection laws are primary objectives of compliance. All types of businesses that handle meat or poultry, whether edible or inedible, are reviewed. A broad range of control mechanisms and sanctions, such as detentions, stop-sale orders, letters of warning, administrative procedures, court actions, etc., provide us with the necessary tools to adequately complete the job.

Our compliance officers locate and investigate unapproved slaughter and/or processing operations, as well as sales of uninspected meat and poultry products, to assure meat from unsound, diseased animals is not offered for sale to the public.

We also investigate accidents involving live cattle, bison, swine, goats, sheep, poultry, rabbits, or products derived from each of these, to prevent adulterated meat products and meat from dead animals, that died by means other than slaughter, from being diverted into human food channels.

Inquiries are made into consumer complaints concerning sickness as well as adulteration of meat or poultry with such things as glass, metal shavings, rodent droppings, insects, chemicals, etc. Inquiries are conducted into the unauthorized use of forging of the official mark of inspection. Samples of meat and poultry are collected for lab analysis to detect undeclared substances and to check for wholesomeness.

For questions about Meat Inspection Compliance activities or consumer complaints about meat or poultry products, contact Ron Hall at (405)501-3941.

Safe Food Handling Information

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has a section of their website dedicated to food safety education. This site has information to educate consumers about the importance of safe food handling and how to reduce the risks associated with food borne illness.

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline is available in English or Spanish from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Eastern time on weekdays year round. Dial the nationwide toll-free number, 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854). The toll-free number for the hearing impaired (TTY) is 1-800-256-7072.

BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy)

With the discovery of the dairy cow that tested positive for BSE in Washington, in December 2003, additional firewalls have been implemented by both federal and state meat inspection programs to further reduce the possibility of exposure by humans to tissue that could possibly contain the causative agent of BSE. All non-ambulatory cattle have been banned from entering the human food supply. In addition specified risk materials (SRMs) which include the brain, skull, eyes, trigeminal ganglia, spinal cord, vertebral column (excluding the vertebrae of the tail) and dorsal root ganglia of cattle 30 months of age and older, and the tonsils and the small intestines of all cattle must be segregated and excluded from the human food supply. Slaughter and processing plants are required to develop procedures to show that SRMs are removed from product. Inspectors verify that plants are properly removing these tissues.


In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination in its programs and services on the basis of political or religious affiliations or opinions, race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a compliant of discrimination, write or call:

Meat and Poultry Inspection
Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
P.O. Box 528804
Oklahoma City, OK  73152-8804
(405) 522-6119


USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Ave, SW Washington, DC 20250-9410
(202) 260-1026 Local
(866) 632-9992 Toll Free
(800) 877-8339 Federal Relay




Both TTY/TDD and voice users may initiate calls through Relay Oklahoma. The toll-free access numbers are: 1-800-722-0353 or 1-800-522-8506 (TTY/TDD/Voice).

Persons with disabilities who require materials in an alternative format (Braille, large print, audio) should contact ODAFF at 405-521-6479.


Meat & Poultry Inspection
Meat Inspection Compliance