MDARD Application & Forms

This page corresponds to Training Video 7 in MSU Extension’s 12-video Specialized Meat Processing Variance Training series. Below you will find supplemental information that will help you understand and complete Training Video 7: MDARD Application for Specialized Meat Processing at Retail Food Establishments Variance.

Supplemental Information

Retail Meat Processing Variance Request Application

*NOTE* - The application will need to be saved to your computer before submitting to MDARD.

Specialized Meat Processing at Retail Food Establishments Variance Request Instructions

Retail Meat Processing Variance Change Request Application

Example: Cured Meat Variance Application

Additional Specialized Retail Meat Processing Resources from MDARD


  • Specialty Meat Processing Forms

    Published on February 1, 2022
    This document provides several different forms for specialty meat processing facilities to use or adapt for their use.

  • Specialized Processing Meat Variances

    Published on February 1, 2022
    A map showing the various regions for specialized processing meat variances throughout the state as well as the extension specialists in each of those regions.

Venison and Wild Game Variance


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For questions about the variance, please contact the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development at 1-800-292-3939. You can also find more information about the meat variance at MDARD’s Meat Processing Regulations and Resources page.

For questions about the meat variance training series and how it can help you, please contact MSU Extension specialist Jeannine Schweihofer at