Retail Meat and Poultry

Retail vendors in Vermont are stores or points-of-sale that sell, display, advertise for sale, offer for sale, or have available for sale meat, meat food products and/or poultry products for purchase by household consumers. Selling or attempting to sell meat and poultry products to consumers at their homes is also considered to be retail activity.

The three general categories of retail activity in Vermont include:

  • selling prepackaged meat/poultry,
  • small retail processors that have less than 300 square feet of meat cutting area OR less than 20 linear feet of meat display space, and
  • large retail processors that have greater than 300 square feet AND more than 20 linear feet of display space.

Retail vendors in Vermont are subject to periodic, risk-based reviews by the meat inspection program for compliance with retail regulations, including such things as proper safe handling, sanitation, transportation, deceptive practices, labelling, dating policies, and fat/lean claims.

Retail License Application

A retail license is required if you operate stores, sell or attempt to sell to consumers at their homes, or otherwise sell, display, advertise for sale, offer for sale, or have available for sale meat, meat food products and/or poultry products for purchase by household consumers.

Records Required by Retail Stores that Grind Raw Beef Products

Sample Ground Beef Grinding Log

Do You Have Your Records?

Retail Specially Processed Meat/Poultry Variance

This form is to request a variance to current regulations to allow special processing at the retail level, including but not limited to, smoking, curing (and uncured products), refining of livestock fats, drying and pickling. The full policy can be accessed below.

         Specially Processed Meat and Poultry Policy - 001

         Specially Processed Variance Application

Reduced Oxygen Packaging (ROP) Policy

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

 

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.5050
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.522.7811
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431