Compliance and Enforcement

COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT

Investigations

The Vermont Meat Inspection Compliance and Enforcement program is the second line of defense in assuring that consumers receive wholesome, properly labeled meat and poultry products. Our compliance officers are charged with investigating violations of the Vermont Meat and Poultry Inspection Statutes, such as unapproved slaughter and/or processing activities, the preparation, transport and/or sales of misbranded or adulterated meat and poultry products, special investigations and recalls.

All types of businesses within the state of Vermont that handle meat or poultry products, whether edible or inedible, are subject to review by this program.  This includes retail stores, wholesalers, warehouses, 4D operations, and any others handling meat and poultry products within the state.

The VAAFM Compliance Officers work in liaison with USDA Compliance Officers, local law enforcement officers and the State’s Attorneys General Office. Violations of the law can result in notices of warning, detentions, stop-sale orders, administrative actions, civil fines, and/or criminal prosecution.

Consumer Complaints/Concerns

Our compliance officers investigate consumer complaints related to meat and poultry products that were produced, handled, sold or transported in the State of Vermont.

If you have a consumer concern related to a meat or poultry product, please contact the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Meat Inspection Section, or describe your complaint in detail below, including a the Name (individual, farm or business) and/or Physical address or Exact Directions of who the concern is about.

NOTE: any information included is subject to disclosure on a Public Records request.

If you have a consumer concern or question related to an illness, restaurant, or any non-meat product, please contact the Vermont Department of Health, Food and Lodging Division, 800-439-8550 (toll-free in VT) or 802-863-7221.

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