Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program has published the United States Trade Descriptions for Poultry. The trade descriptions establish voluntary trade standards for ready-to-cook chicken and turkey products produced in the U.S. The descriptions are intended to facilitate wholesale trading of poultry by providing a tool to better communicate product and packaging requirements among buyers and sellers.
You can view the U.S. Trade Descriptions for Poultry Standards by downloading the Chicken [PDF]
and Turkey [PDF
Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program has also developed an interactive web-based application for the trade descriptions that allows a user to define the numerical codes that describe product and packaging requirements. Once the user defines the attributes of the product, they have an option to print a preview or final page that documents the customized code with a description of the value selected for each attribute. A printed copy can be forwarded to trading partners and incorporated into a contract. The site is available for previewing here
Please return to our site and provide us with your comments on the trade descriptions. Comments may be submitted by telephone, email
, or you may send them to the address below.
Washington, D.C. 20250