The Food Products and Safety Laboratory is a state of the art, USDA inspected processing facility with full harvesting facilities, processing and fabrication rooms, and an interactive auditorium classroom connected to the fabrication room that allows instructors to use actual carcasses and demonstrate processing techniques in the classroom for instruction in meat animal composition and food safety.
In addition the Food Products and Safety Laboratory provides food product safety and testing services for the food industry and consumers. A full range of testing and services are available including microbial evaluation, nutritional label analyses and chemical composition and microbial analyses of food items.
The UA Food Products and Safety facility is the only one of its kind at a University in the Southwest.
Monday - 9 AM to 4 PM
Friday - 8 AM to 6 PM
Saturday - 9 AM to 1 PM
Food Products and Safety Lab Office (No Meat Sales or Pick Up): Monday - Friday 7am - 4pm.
Facebook: U of A Food Products and Safety Lab
Address: 4181 N. Campbell Ave. Tucson, AZ 85719
Directions: This facility is just a short 4 mile drive from main campus. To reach the facility from the main campus, take Speedway Boulevard east to Campbell Avenue. Drive north on Campbell Avenue 3.5 miles to Roger Road. Turn left onto Roger and then take the first right turn into the Meat Science Complex.
Thank you for your business! We want you to be fully satisfied with your purchases. Our staff are happy to assist you with questions.
Meat and Food Products:
To ensure we are providing the safest products to our customers, we are not able to accept returns or refunds on meat and food products.
Safety, Food Labeling, and Testing Services:
Lab services require significant upfront costs for materials and supplies. Refunds are not possible once a customer has agreed to services.
Unclaimed Meat 60-Day Policy
Meat left unclaimed or not picked up within 60 days from initial invoice date will have its ownership transferred to the University of Arizona’s ACBS Food Products & Safety Lab and the minimum processing fee or down payment will be forfeited and not refunded.
Customer Signing Policy
Customer must sign a Custom Slaughter Agreement (CSA) before or at the time of delivery of animals. Customer is defined as the owner of animal or any person legally authorized – in writing – to represent the owner. Delivery drivers are expressly not allowed to sign the CSA unless previously legally authorized to do so.
County or State Fair customers can fax or scan and email a signed copy of the CSA to (520) 318-7019 or FPSL@email.arizona.edu.
At the time of meat pick up, customer is required to inspect and sign a completion packet to ensure customer is in full possession of their processed order.
Beef- A $450 minimum down payment will be charged at time of animal delivery.
Full payment is required for harvesting and handling fees if animal is left in half or quartered.
Pork- A $150 minimum down payment will be charged at time of animal delivery.
Full payment is required including if hog is left whole, half or scraped and scald.
Lamb- Full payment is required for lamb at time of animal drop off.
Goat- Full payment is required for goat at time of animal drop off.
Offal cost will be added to invoice after weighting.
Outside Orders and Shipment
Customer is responsible to arrange transport of products to the customer’s desired destination. Once products are shipped from the Food Products and Safety Lab’s premises, we are not responsible for the condition of products upon arrival.
In the case of County fairs, where delivery is done by the FPSL customer is responsible for meat pick up at time of delivery at fairground or otherwise. Customer will be charged a delivery fee. If meat is not picked up customer is still responsible for delivery fee.