Agricultural Marketing Service
About AMS Newsroom Opportunity Online Forms Help Contact Us
 
 
Search AMS
   Browse by Subject
 
You are here: Home / Grade Label
 
Grading Certification And Verification
 
Inspection and grading  
Grades are based on nationally uniform standards developed by Dairy Programs' experts in cooperation with industry representatives. Sellers can request grading services to assure that products meet specific grade or contract requirements and have good keeping quality properties. Buyers can request grading services to assure that products have uniform high quality. Those wishing to use the services must request them, qualify for them, and pay a fee commensurate with the cost of providing them. Two examples of such services are the grade label program for butter and Cheddar cheese, and the acceptance service for volume buyers. Under the grade label program, consumer packages bear an official identification indicating the U.S. grade. As a part of the acceptance service, the user has all deliveries examined by USDA to certify that they meet specifications.

More >>
Use/Display Official Identification or Grade Labels  

 

 

 
I Want To
 
  Apply for temporary approval to display Official Identification or Grade Labels (DA-156)  
 
  Learn about grade labels  
 
Resources
 
  Dairy Grading Home  
 
  Dairy Standardization Home  
 
  Dairy Publications  
 
Contact Us
 
  Carrie Sayasithsena 202.720.3171  
 
Media Help
 
  To view PDF files you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.  
 
 
  Last Modified Date: 11/12/2014