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Meat and Poultry

Photo of meat inspection.The goal of the Office of Meat and Poultry Services (OMPS) is to ensure the production of safe, wholesome, and truthfully labeled meat and poultry products as well as humane treatment of the livestock that are processed. OMPS provides inspection service to individuals or companies that slaughter and/or process meat and poultry products.

A Guide to Virginia’s Meat and Poultry Inspection Program

What meat and poultry products need to be inspected by OMPS?

How can I get my facility inspected by OMPS?

What requirements does my facility need to meet in order to get inspection by OMPS?

How can I sell meat/poultry from animals/birds raised on my farm?

Once the meat has been inspected, it can be brought back to the farm and offered for sale. If the farm has a retail store, the Office of Food Safety would provide inspection for the store. If the farmer is engaged in business as a wholesaler, broker, distributor, or peddler of meat or poultry products, then they would need to apply to OMPS for a Meat and Poultry Handlers Permit.

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Can I sell meat/poultry at farmers markets, to restaurants, retail stores, and on the internet?

Yes, if all meat was processed at a USDA/FSIS or Virginia OMPS inspected facility. Virginia inspected products cannot cross state lines.

Due to the complexity of the poultry exemptions, contact OMPS if you wish to sell poultry.

I’m just one person making BBQ. Do I have to meet the same inspection requirements as a large company? I’m only selling to a few local restaurants.

Yes, there is no exemption to the inspection requirements bases on the size or amount of product produced.

Can I sell meat from game birds/animals?

Wild harvested game birds/animals cannot be sold for food. Only meat from farm raised game birds/animals may be sold. USDA/FSIS and OMPS exempt these animals and birds from inspection requirements. FDA Food Code requires all meat and poultry sold at retail stores and prepared in restaurants to come from an approved source. USDA/FSIS and OMPS provide voluntary inspection for farm raised game. There is an hourly inspection fee and travel costs for this service.

For more information about farming game birds/animals contact The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries 804.367.1000.

What do I need to do if I want to sell meat from my rabbits?

Rabbits are not required to be slaughtered and processed under inspection. FDA Food Code requires all meat and poultry sold at retail stores and prepared in restaurants to come from an approved source. USDA/FSIS and OMPS provide voluntary inspection for rabbits. There is an hourly inspection fee and travel costs for this service.

What are the inspection requirements for pet food?

Please contact the Office of Agricultural Commodities at 804.225.4558 for requirements for pet food manufacture. Anyone engaged in the business of buying, selling, transporting in commerce inedible parts and products of the carcasses or any animals or poultry must be registered by OMPS as an inedible Meat and Poultry Products Handler/Hauler.

What are the exemptions to the inspection requirement?

Retail stores are inspected by the Office of Food Safety 804.786.3520.

Restaurants and caterers are normally inspected by the local health department with jurisdiction for that location.

Helpful Links
Virginia Meat and Poultry Inspection Act
Virginia Meat and Poultry Inspection Regulations (Virginia Administrative Code Chapter 210, Sections 10-80)
USDA/FSIS website

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