Wyttenbach Meats in Prairie du Sac has become the first state-inspected meat processing plant to start shipping products to out-of-state markets. Wisconsin is one of three states in the nation to sign a cooperative agreement under new USDA rules that were finalized in 2011. Ohio and North Dakota are the other states with approval.
Under the agreement, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Division of Food Safety has authority to inspect meat products produced in these selected establishments using regulatory oversight and sampling programs that are the same as those in the federal inspection program. Wisconsin’s meat inspection program has equaled the standards of the federal program for the past 44 years.
The Badger State currently has 272 state-inspected meat plants and many have expressed interest in the interstate meat shipment program. Several plants have already started the pre-inspection, label-changing process.