Most poultry grading services are performed at approximately 200 poultry processing plants nationwide, although some services are available at destination locations. Federal graders and federally-licensed State graders are trained to provide these services. The services are voluntary and provided on a fee basis to plants requesting the services. On a cost-per-pound basis, the cost for this service is minimal.
All poultry that the Poultry Programs grades or certifies must first be inspected by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Inspection ensures that the poultry is wholesome and has been processed, handled, packaged, and labeled properly.
To officially request USDA grading service, you will need to submit your request in writing. Complete the "Application for Service" Form, PY-32 (PDF)
, and send the completed form to the address below.
For additional information, contact:
Livestock, Poultry, and Seed Program, Poultry Grading Division
1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Stop 0258
Washington, D.C. 20250
Telephone: (202) 720-3271
Fax: (202) 690-3165