Meat Processing


University of Wisconsin Recall Plan

Background and Objectives

A recall is an effective method of removing from commerce any product that may be adulterated or misbranded. Firms such as a manufacturer, distributor, or importer, take these actions as part of their responsibility to protect the public health and welfare.

A recall can be disruptive to a firm’s operation and business; however, there are several steps that a firm can take to minimize this disruption. An operator of an inspected establishment should take measures that will ensure rapid and effective response if products that appear to be adulterated have entered commerce. The operator should prepare and maintain a detailed, written recall plan. This plan should describe, step by step, the procedures the firm will follow in case it becomes necessary to recall a product.

UW Model Recall Plan


Restricted Ingredient Calculations

A helpful tool for meat processors in the development of processed products.



Wisconsin’s State Meat Inspection Program

Cleanliness. Wholesomeness. Safety. These are the standards of quality found in State of Wisconsin-inspected meat plants and products. The State of Wisconsin meat inspection program and meat establishments ensure that meat products produced in the state and sold to consumers comply with required standards for safety, purity and wholesomeness set by the state and federal governments. In fact, all products produced in a state-inspected plant must meet or exceed standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Division of Food Safety’s Bureau of Meat Safety and Inspection provides many services to its clientele. Those services include:

WI State Inspection Overview


Food Standards and Labeling Policy Book

This Policy Book is assembled in dictionary form and may be used in conjunction with the Meat and Poultry Inspection Regulations and the Meat and Poultry Inspection Manual, Directives and Notices. It is a composite of policy and day-to-day labeling decision, many of which do not appear in the above publications. They are subject to change and therefore a periodic updating of this book will take place.

Labeling Policy Book

Policy Memos book-For Labeling Book


Processing Inspectors Calculations Handbook

The mission of the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is to assure that meat, meat food, poultry, and poultry food products distributed in interstate commerce are wholesome, not adulterated, and properly marked, labeled, and packaged. FSIS enforces the Federal Meat Inspection Act (FMIA), the Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA), and the regulations implementing these laws. Documents such as the FSIS Directives, FSIS Notices, and the Meatand Poultry Inspection (MPI) Manual provide inspection personnel with specific instructions and policies to help them enforce the laws and regulations. Whether meat and poultry products are in compliance with the laws and regulations is often determined by how the products are formulated and processed. Careful attention to the kind and amount of ingredients, their conditions of use, and the standards of product identity and composition are necessary to assure compliance.

Processing Inspectors Handbook


Good Manufacturing Practices for
Fermented Dry & Semi-Dry Sausage Products

GMPs are programs that comprise the basic, universal steps and procedures that control operating conditions within establishments and ensure favorable conditions for the production of safe food. HACCP systems relate to hazards within a specific process. GMPs are the control factors that relate to the entire operation and are not process-specific. GMPs include such programs as pest control, recall procedures, construction/maintenance and sanitation.

This document is intended to provide the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) for dry and semidry sausages. Special attention is directed toward the microbiological condition of the products given the emphasis currently placed on the microbiological quality and safety of processed meats. In 1997, FSIS initiated intensified and expanded microbiological testing of dry and semi-dry fermented sausages for E. coli O157:H7, Listeria sp., Salmonella sp. and Staphylococcus aureus; testing requirements are part of the GMPs that follow…

AMIGMPs for Dry and Semi Dry Sausage


Interstate Shipment of State Inspected Meat and Poultry; Proposed Rule

Part II

Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service

9 CFR Parts 321, 332, and 381 Cooperative Inspection Programs: Interstate Shipment of Meat and Poultry Products; Proposed Rule

Interstate Sales State Insp Federal Register 9-16-09


USDA Regulations

Code of Federal Regulations:

Title 9 CRF: Animal and Animal Products-

FSIS Notices and Directives: