Livestock, Poultry, Fish, Meat, Dairy, Eggs
The Arizona Department of Agriculture protects the public from contagious and infectious disease in livestock, poultry, commercially raised fish, meat, milk, and eggs. They do this by enforcing laws about moving, selling, importing, transporting, slaughtering, and stealing livestock. In addition, they regulate food processing and manufacturing facilities, and inspect the safety and quality of dairy, meat, and egg products produced or stored in Arizona. (21)
Contact: Arizona Department of Agriculture, Animal Services Division, 602.542.4373
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is the public health agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for ensuring that meat, poultry, Siluriformes, and eggs are safe and properly labeled and packaged. FSIS insures that meat, poultry, and egg products imported to the United States are produced under standards equivalent to U.S. inspection standards, and facilitates the certification of exported goods. (21)
Contact: U.S. Department of Agriculture, FSIS, 510.769.5712
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Arizona Farm Service Agency (FSA): Primary mission is to help ensure the success of Arizona’s farmers and ranchers through various programs and technical assistance. (21)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): Provides farmers, ranchers and forest managers with free technical assistance, or advice, for their land. Common technical assistance includes resource assessment, practice design and resource monitoring. Your conservation planner will help you determine if financial assistance is right for you. Find local program and technical information on the NRCS Arizona website. (21)
Non-meat Food Product or Fish and Light Game Products
If you are thinking about opening a food business, there are many regulatory requirements that you will need to meet. Some of these requirements apply to all food businesses, and some are specific to the particular food product, such as low-acid canned food, seafood, or juice.
Information regarding the production and processing of a non-meat food product or fish and light game products (llama, duck) is available on the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website. (16)
Contact: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) - Regional Office, How to Start a Food Business, 510.637.3980
The Phoenix office of the FDA will answer questions after you have received and reviewed your packet from the regional FDA office.
Phoenix Residence Post of the FDA
51 W. 3rd Street, Suite E265, Tempe, AZ 85281
Local offices of the FDA: Tempe 480.829.7396 or Tucson 520.670.4765