(225 ILCS 650/12) (from Ch. 56 1/2, par. 312)
    Sec. 12. Preparation and Handling.
    (a) All meat or poultry products in channels of trade, whether fresh, frozen, smoked, cured, pickled, or otherwise prepared even though previously inspected and passed, shall be subject to reinspection by inspectors of the Department as often as may be necessary to determine whether such meat or poultry product is maintained in a healthful, wholesome condition and fit for human food. If, upon reinspection, any meat or poultry product is found to have become unsound, unhealthy, unwholesome or in any way unfit for human food it shall be condemned; provided, that when meat or poultry products are found to be affected by any unsound or unwholesome condition that can be satisfactorily removed by methods approved by the Director, such meat or poultry product may be so reconditioned under the direction of an inspector. If, upon final inspection, the meat or poultry product is found to be sound and wholesome, it shall be approved for human food; otherwise, it shall be condemned, or otherwise handled in a manner prescribed by the Director.
    (b) The Director may limit the entry of meat or poultry products and other materials into any establishment at which inspection under this Act is maintained, under such conditions as he may prescribe to assure that allowing the entry of such articles into such inspected establishments will be consistent with the purposes of this Act.
    (c) The Director shall provide for such inspections, by experts in sanitation or other competent inspectors, of all slaughtering, meat-canning, salting, packing, rendering, or similar establishments in which cattle, sheep, swine, poultry, or goats are slaughtered and the meat or poultry products are prepared, as may be necessary to inform himself concerning the sanitary condition of such establishments, and to prescribe the rules and regulations of sanitation under which such establishments shall be maintained. Where the sanitary conditions of any such establishment are such that the meat or poultry products are rendered adulterated, the Director shall refuse to allow the meat or poultry products to be labeled, marked, stamped, or tagged as "Illinois Inspected and Passed".
    (d) The Director has the authority to regulate conditions of storage and handling of meat or poultry products, and other materials in any establishment licensed under this Act.
    (e) Fish or game stored or otherwise handled shall be stored or handled in conformity with the Fish and Aquatic Life Code and the Wildlife Code, and with the rules and regulations of the Department of Natural Resources.
(Source: P.A. 89-445, eff. 2-7-96.)