Retail Exemption– The following links contain information associated with retail exempt operations.



The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for ensuring that meat, poultry, and egg products are safe, wholesome, and accurately labeled. 


You can help AAMP and your own business by contacting members of Congress about legislation or regulations affecting the meat industry. In order to get in touch with your members of Congress, go to the website listed below and enter your zip code. Your two U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative will be posted, with easy ways to contact them, including e-mail, phone, and regular mail. You may also call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Senators’ and/or Representatives’ office.

Both the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) offer resources to assist producers in contacting their members of Congress. Use these sites to contact Congress regarding current issues of importance for agriculture.


To address an issue that are unique to your state, you can help your own business by contacting members of your state legislature. Keep them informed of legislation or regulations affecting you, your business, and the meat industry. 

The U.S. food processing sector is extensively regulated by state and federal agencies. Federal agencies dominate the regulatory oversight: USDA FSIS for the meat and poultry processing businesses and FDA for all other food processing businesses. State agencies also have an active role in overseeing food processing businesses within their respective states, but their role is in collaboration with the federal agencies. Maintaining proper temperatures, good sanitation, and protection from foreign elements (indoors and out) are all important aspects of regulatory compliance, among others. AAMP has a variety of resources and links available regarding proper regulations.