Health Service Region 1 Meat Safety Assurance

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Purpose

The Meat Safety Assurance Program in HSR 1 protects the public health by assuring that products bearing the Texas mark of inspection are produced from healthy animals that are slaughtered and prepared in a sanitary manner, contain no harmful ingredients, and are truthfully labeled.

The Meat Safety Assurance Division will act in accordance with the highest standards of ethics, accountability, efficiency, and openness. We affirm that public health is a public and private trust. We approach our activities with a deep sense of purpose and responsibility. The public and regulated community alike can be assured of a balanced, sensible, and fair approach to regulation. We respect individuals' rights to achieve and sustain social and economic prosperity as well as expect safe and healthy meat food products.

Department of State Health Services, HSR1
Meat Safety Assurance Program
6302 Iola Avenue
Lubbock Texas 79424
Phone: 806-783-6498
Fax: 806-783-6630

For Meat Safety Assurance Program related questions, contact Mike McQueen.

Meat Safety Assurance in HSR 1

The HSR 1 Meat Safety Assurance program regulates 11 Texas inspected meat and poultry establishments. Ten inspected plants combine slaughter & processing of beef, swine, lamb, goats, and occasionally other species. One inspected facility produce beef and pork into products for wholesale distribution. There are inspected establishments in these cities: Amarillo, Boys Ranch, Canadian, Groom, Lubbock, Post, Shamrock, Slaton, Tulia, White Deer, and Wolfforth. "Texas Inspected and Passed" products are for "Intrastate Sales Only", and cannot be sold in commerce outside of Texas.

MSA regulates 7 custom exempt establishments. Custom exempt plants slaughter and process beef, swine, and goats without inspection. These products are marked "Not For Sale" and cannot be sold in commerce. Products derived from animals slaughtered without inspection must be returned to the owner of the animals for his/her personal use. CE plants are located in Amarillo, Earth, Littlefield, Muleshoe, Perryton, Texline, and Wellington.

MSA regulates 1 establishment in Amarillo through a cooperative agreement with the federal inspection system. This establishment is a slaughter and processing plant, primarily distributing beef, pork, and poultry products bearing the federal mark of inspection. Products bearing the federal mark of inspection can cross state lines into interstate commerce.

The Meat Safety Assurance workforce in HSR 1 consists of an MSA Program Veterinarian, an Inspector VI and 6 MSA Inspector IV(s). The Inspector IV(s) perform the daily inspection procedures in inspected establishments across the region.

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Last updated June 12, 2013