Agricultural Marketing Service
About AMS Newsroom Opportunity Online Forms Help Contact Us
 
 
Search AMS
   Browse by Subject
 
You are here: Home
 
Grading Certification and Verification
 
Standardization Branch  
Standardization Branch The Standardization Branch's (SB) core function is to provide programs that facilitate the marketing of livestock, meat, poultry, rabbits and shell eggs. This comprehensive nationwide program establishes universally understood trade language and classification criteria for the development, field testing, implementation, and revision of U.S. Standards for grades of shell eggs, live meat animals, poultry, rabbits and the carcasses they produce. The grades (e.g., Prime, Choice, Select, U.S. Grade A) within the standards differentiate the predicted eating quality of the meat and egg products ultimately consumed and are the basis for value determinations used in marketing throughout the supply chain from producer to consumer.

The SB interacts with consumers, industry, academia, researchers, other government agencies and interested parties when developing or revising the standards or specifications to ensure their considerations are taken into account.

Standards and specifications are the foundation on which successful marketing is established.

Children eating lunch

Beef Cattle

Meat Case


 
I Want Info On
 
  Standards  
 
  Certified Programs  
 
  Marketing Claim Standards  
 
  IMPS and Trade Descriptions  
 
  Federal Purchase Program  
 
  US - Chile Beef Cuts - PDF  
 
I Want Info On
 
  Resumption of Beef Trade with Japan  
 
  Instrument Grading Systems  
 
  Training Information  
 
Resources
 
  Fact Sheets and Posters  
 
  International Programs  
 
  History  
 
  QAD Contacts  
 
Resources
 
  Download Adobe Acrobat Reader  
 
 
  Last Modified Date: 04/02/2014