The mission of this department is to protect the health of consumers by providing a comprehensive inspection service to assure that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome and accurately labeled.
The S. C. Meat Inspection Department was established by the State Legislature in 1967 by enactment of inspection laws and regulations. The State Poultry Inspection Act followed in 1969.
Both laws and regulations were developed to comply with all essential features of the federal meat and poultry laws and regulations. These programs are jointly and equally financed by state and federal funding. The USDA, Food Safety and Inspection Service provides federal regulatory oversight and support for training and laboratory services.
This department is a public health regulatory agency with public service and educational functions.
The Meat-Poultry Inspection Department can be reached directly during normal business hours Monday-Friday by calling 803-788-8747.