Regulatory Assistance

All farmers with questions about processing, particularly during COVID-19 closures, are encouraged to contact the North Carolina Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry Division directly for the most updated information. The situation continues to change rapidly and NCDA will remain the final authority on all processing regulations. 

NCDA Meat Handlers Registration & Additional Information

NCDA Laws, Regulations and Information Packets Website

NCDA Frequently Asked Questions about Meat Processing

A summary of past changes in regulatory requirements due to the closures of poultry processing plants in NC & SC is available here

For information in alternative formats and languages, email

NCDA&CS – Meat and Poultry Inspection Division, Alan Wade, Interim Director

Mailing Address:1001 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1001

Physical Address: 2 West Edenton Street , Raleigh, NC 27601

Email Address: 

Phone: (919) 707-3180; FAX: (919) 715-0246; TA Office: (919) 707-3195

USDA Meat & Poultry Hotline: 1-888-674-6854

Note of Disclaimer: All efforts were made to provide accurate and precise information pertaining to the laws and regulations surrounding the sale and processing of poultry and of red meats in NC. Due to the changing nature of the regulatory system, it is important to verify the accuracy of these statements with the responsible regulatory agency, NC Department of Agriculture Meat and Poultry Inspection Division.