The contract acceptance service ensures the integrity, quality, and weight of shell eggs bought by volume buyers such as food manufacturers, food service operators, and food retailers. USDA specialists help institutional buyers develop and prepare explicit shell egg specifications tailored to their requirements. USDA graders then provide certification that purchases comply with these specifications.
Product meeting specified requirements is eligible for and identified with an official USDA identification mark. Also, an official grading certificate accompanies each shipment to the receiving agency.
To establish an official specification:
Contact the Grading Branch at (202) 720-3271 to obtain free assistance in developing a specification that meets your company's requirements. Then use the "Application for Specification Approval," Form PY-33 (PDF)
to register the specification with USDA for use in contract acceptance service.