FSIS protects the public's health by ensuring that meat, poultry and egg products are safe, wholesome and properly labeled.
FSIS is part of a science-based national system to ensure food safety and food defense. FSIS ensures food safety through the authorities of the Federal Meat Inspection Act, the Poultry Products Inspection Act, and the Egg Products Inspection Act, as well as humane animal handling through the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act.
Science leading the way in food safety for more than 150 years
Several events in the latter half of 1800s set the stage for developing the earliest standards for food processing.
The Journey to Safe FoodView FSIS History
Addressing Challenges with Strategic Planning
This year marks the fourth release of an annual plan under the Agency's implementation of the FSIS 2017-2021 Strategic Plan. The below goals set forth in our plan align to the USDA’s annual plans and provides a framework for understanding how FSIS fulfills our mission and addresses 21st century public health challenges.