Ohio Department of Agriculture
The mission of the Ohio Department of Agriculture is to protect Ohio citizens by ensuring the safety of the state’s food supply, to maintain the health of Ohio’s animals and plant life, and to create economic opportunities for Ohio’s farmers, food processors and agribusinesses.
The Division of Meat Inspection is responsible for regulating 272 meat and poultry establishments statewide. Of those, 197 are fully-inspected facilities and provide slaughtering and processing operations for resale. The remaining 75 establishments operate under a "custom exempt" status and provide a "not-for-sale" service to individuals who wish to have their own animals slaughtered. Meat inspection staff is responsible for verifying that each establishment produces safe, wholesome, and properly labeled products in a sanitary environment.