USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline



Phone (888) 674-6854 -- USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline (Toll Free)

Hours Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (ET)

Food Safety and Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250-3700

Des Moise, IA (District 25) 

States: Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Room 985, Federal Building
210 Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

The Hotline is staffed by food safety specialists with backgrounds in home economics, nutrition, and food technology.

The majority of calls come from consumers regarding how to properly handle their food, including food safety during power outages: food manufacturer recalls; foodborne illnesses; and the inspection of meat, poultry, and egg products.