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Meat, Poultry & Egg Safety Branch

The Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety Branch Regulates license and inspects the following industries:

Egg Safety

The Egg Safety and Quality Management Program is responsible for the safety of shell and egg products that are produced, shipped or sold in California. The mission of ESQM is to ensure that eggs sold in California are safe, wholesome and of known quality, origin, grade and size.

Meat and Poultry

The Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety Branch (MPES) licenses and inspects the following meat, poultry and egg production establishments that are exempt from federal (USDA); Retail Processing Establishments, Custom Livestock Slaughterhouses, Retail and Non-Retail Poultry Plants, Mobile Slaughter Operations, Registered Livestock Producers, and unprocessed pet food containing meat.


MPES licenses and inspects renderers who recycle animal carcasses, packing house waste and inedible kitchen grease. The branch providing oversight to the rendering businesses, assuring that inedible materials processed by renderers are collected, stored, transported and processed in a safe manner that does not impact human, animal health or the environment, create a nuisance, and prevents their entry into the human food chain.

Contact us for more information:
California Department of Food and Agriculture
Animal Health and Food Safety Services: Meat, Poultry and Egg Safety Branch
1220 N Street
Sacramento, California 95814
Telephone: (916) 900-5004
Fax: (916) 900-5334
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