Michigan meat regulations

Asked April 3, 2014, 10:51 AM EDT

Are meat processing regulations stricter in Michigan than other states? I swear that the ground beef, hot dogs and lunchmeat in the south do not taste as good as they do in Michigan. It seems like I heard that there are more restrictions on what "parts" can be included in Michigan meats.

Michigan small meat processors

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Michigan does not have a state meat inspection program so the federal inspection program (U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service) is what is in place. Even in states that have state inspection, that has to be equal to or greater than federal inspection standards.

In terms of what can be included in meat products, standards of identity must be met. For example, ground beef must be 100% beef and beef fat with the fat level not exceeding 30% (often the fat level is less and declared on the label of the package). Hot dogs and lunchmeat also have standards of identity to meet. Differences may vary regionally with the blend of spices and seasonings that are added to some processed meat products. Michigan does not have any additional restrictions on what can be included/excluded in such products.