Poultry and Poultry Product Inspection Act Law and Legal Definition

The Poultry and Poultry Products Inspection Act (“Act”) is a federal legislation that protects the health and welfare of consumers by assuring that poultry products distributed to them are wholesome, not adulterated, and properly marked, labeled, and packaged. The Act prohibits unwholesome, adulterated, or misbranded poultry products. It also makes an effective regulation of poultry products in interstate or foreign commerce that are injurious to the public welfare.

Under this Act, Secretary of Agriculture inspects poultry and poultry products and also regulates the processing and distribution of poultry products which are adulterated or misbranded. Pursuant to 21 USCS § 458, the following activities are permissible under this Act:

1.Slaughtering any poultry or process any poultry products which are capable of use as human food at any establishment;

2.Selling, transporting, offering for sale or transportation, or receive for transportation, in commerce, of any poultry products which are capable of use as human food.