Updated: August 06 2014

USDA - Meat and Poultry Hotline

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline can answer your food safety questions. This toll-free telephone service, which began July 1, 1985, helps prevent foodborne illness

By phone or on the Web, answers to your questions on…
* Safe food storage, handling, preparation
* Product dating
* Product content
* Power outages and much more!

See Also:
* USDA Hotline: A Food Safety Resource for Millions

* What to Do If You Have a Problem with Food Products
specifically by answering questions about the safe storage, handling, and preparation of meat, poultry, and egg products. The Hotline is staffed by food safety specialists with backgrounds in home economics, nutrition, and food technology.

You may speak with a food safety specialist—in English or Spanish—from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern time on weekdays year round. An extensive menu of recorded food safety messages may be heard 24 hours a day. (The Hotline is closed on Federal government holidays, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day. Hours of operation on Thanksgiving are 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time).

Primary Address

USDA - Meat and Poultry Hotline
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250-3700
Phone: (888) 674-6854
Web: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/food-safety-education

Region(s) Served
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