Virginia Dept. of Agriculture & Consumer Services

Established in 1877, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) promotes the economic growth and development of Virginia agriculture, provides consumer protection and encourages environmental stewardship.

In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Office of Meat and Poultry Services administers meat and poultry inspection laws and regulations designed to provide and maintain a safe, unadulterated, wholesome and accurately labeled meat and poultry supply.

The office oversees the process of converting farm-raised animals into food products, which includes raw products such as ground meat as well as cooked products such as Brunswick stew. Inspection services are available to individuals or companies that slaughter and/or process meat and poultry products.

The agency is headquartered in Richmond and has several field offices, four regional diagnostic animal health laboratories and a global network of representatives promoting Virginia products internationally.

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