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Food and Dairy Section

Milk CowThe Food and Dairy Section within the Tennessee Department of Agriculture is charged with the inspection of dairy farms, dairy plants, milk transport trucks, dairy and trade product distributors and milk samplers. Every dairy product offered for sale must be registered with the department. TDA is also responsible for all food products manufactured, distributed or offered for sale outside of restaurants. All retail food stores are inspected at a minimum of once every six months.  Learn more about retail food store scores 

Other responsibilities include shell egg inspections, bottled water regulations, custom slaughterhouse inspections, hazardous substance inspection and labeling, nutritional labeling, and most recently, the prevention of access of tobacco to minors. Lean more about food and dairy regulations

Guidance on Poultry Processing Exemptions

In 2014, the 108th Tennessee General Assembly enacted Public Chapter 523 clarifying that poultry producers and growers acting in compliance with federal exemptions are exempt by regulation from specific provisions of the Tennessee Meat and Poultry Inspection Act. The amended law also requires the Tennessee Department of Agriculture to maintain information concerning federal poultry producer and grower exemptions on its website. Please refer to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service's Guidance for Determining Whether a Poultry Slaughter or Processing Operation is Exempt from Inspection Requirements of the Poultry Products Inspection Act for specific guidance and limitations.

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