Federal & State Meat Programs

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s Federal/State Meat Program, authorized by the Meat & Poultry Inspection Law (RS 3:4201), ensures the wholesomeness and safety of meat slaughtered and processed in Louisiana.

Meat Inspection personnel enforce regulations for inspecting all livestock and poultry slaughtered and processed in state-inspected facilities. Species that require inspection under the law are cattle, swine, sheep, goat, ratites (emu, ostrich, and rhea), equine (not currently funded), domestically-raised chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, guineas, ratites, or squabs (also termed young pigeons from one to about thirty days of age). Personnel is also responsible for ensuring that meat and poultry processing facilities meet federal guidelines.

The LDAF Federal/State Meat Programs operates an accredited laboratory that analyses meat and poultry product samples for adulteration. The Program also reviews and approves all meat and poultry product labels to assure that accurate product information is supplied to the consumer.

The Program’s compliance officers conduct investigations of consumer complaints and suspected violations of the Meat and Poultry Inspection Law. Another element of the Program is a voluntary grading and certification program for meat and meat products, poultry and poultry products, fish and fish products.

List of state-inspected meat and poultry facilities




meat inspection program area office map

Steps to Apply for Meat and Poultry Inspection

Below is a general description of the application process:

  1. Contact the Federal/State Meat Program Office at 225-922-1358 and inform them of your intent to apply for inspection.
  2. Complete an Application (Solicitud).
  3. Mail the original to:
    LDAF Federal/State Meat Program
    5825 Florida Blvd., Suite 4003
    Baton Rouge, LA 70806
  4. You will be put in contact with a District Supervisor in your area.
  5. The District Supervisor will advise you of the inspection requirements.
  6. Complete a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) training class. Prepare your HACCP and Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure (SSOP) plans.
  7. Have the water source for your facility tested through the local health authority and obtain a copy of the test results.
  8. Obtain a letter of approval from the local health authority for your facility’s sewage and waste system.
  9. You will be assigned an establishment number.
  10. Submit product labels to the Federal/State Meat Program for approval and receive a grant of inspection.
Register as a Meat & Poultry Handler

Unless you operate under State or Federal Inspection, you are required by law to register with LDAF or USDA if you deal in meat or poultry products in or for commerce.

THIS APPLIES TO: Wholesalers of any carcasses or parts of carcasses of any cattle, sheep, poultry, swine, goats, horses, mules, or other equines, whether the product is intended for human consumption or not; Public warehousemen who store carcasses or parts of carcasses of any cattle, sheep, poultry, swine, goats, horses, mules or other equines; Buyers, sellers, and transporters of any dead, dying, disabled or diseased animals or parts of carcasses of such animals (4D Operator); Brokers; Jobbers; Educational programs where carcasses or parts of carcasses are slaughtered, processed, or both; or any combination of the above.

Register as a Meat and Poultry Handler

Helpful Documents

Grading & Certification Program

The LDAF Grading and Certification program ensures the meat, poultry, and seafood products received by state institutions and schools are wholesome and of the highest quality.

All grading and certification is performed by Louisiana Department of Agriculture (LDAF) meat and poultry inspectors.

ACT 749 states,

A. All state agencies, state institutions, or local school districts operating food service facilities for students or for patients or inmates in their custody shall utilize only those meat, poultry, and seafood products that have met all Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry requirements for grading and certification.

B. No contract shall be entered into by any state agency, state institution, or local school district for the operation of any facility that includes a food service facility, UNLESS the contract contains provisions requiring that any meat, poultry, or seafood utilized in such facility has met all Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry requirements for grading and certification service.

Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications (IMPS) Guidelines

Popular Cuts of Beef

Popular Cuts of Pork

Goat Lamb Cuts

U. S. Department of Commerce (USDC) Seafood Inspection

This program is designed to inspect for specific SEAFOOD criteria as set forth in USDC guidelines and utilizes LDAF cross-trained licensed inspectors who issue Lot Inspection Certificates, Export Health Certificates, Certificates of Origin, and other USDC certificates. Personnel also performs sanitation inspections on a contract basis.

Sanitation inspections of facilities are performed on an hourly contract basis

Complaint Process

To file a complaint or inquiry related to meat inspection, please contact the LDAF Federal/State Meat Program main office at 225-922-1358 or mail to 5825 Florida Blvd., Suite 4003, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.

Please provide as much information as possible to allow us to better assist you with your issue, including your contact information.

Communication Assistance/Asistencia de Comunicacióne

It is the policy of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Meat and Poultry Inspection Program, to provide meaningful access to individuals, who wish to access its programs and services regardless of their national origin or limited ability to speak, read, write or understand English. Both TTY/TDD and voice users may initiate calls through Louisiana Relay Directory by dialing 711 or by contacting them directly at Louisiana Relay.

Individuals speaking Spanish may dial 225-922-1359 to leave a voicemail request and email address.

Las personas que hablan español pueden llamar al 225-922-1359 para dejar una petición de correo de voz y correo electrónico.

Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal and State Laws, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is prohibited from discrimination in its programs and services on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, disability (including blindness), medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and political affiliation.

To file a complaint of discrimination, please contact the LDAF Federal/State Meat Program main office at (225) 922-1358 or write to Director, Meat and Poultry Inspection, LDAF, 5825 Florida Blvd., Suite 4003, Baton Rouge, LA 70806. Alternately, you may contact the U.S. Department of Agriculture at (866) 632-9992 (toll-free) or write to the USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410.

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.

And Justice for All Poster