USDA quality grade marks are usually seen on beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, butter, and eggs. For many other products, such as fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, the grade mark isn't always visible on the retail product. In these commodities, the grading service is used by wholesalers, and the final retail packaging may not include the grade mark. However, quality grades are widely used--even if they are not prominently displayed—as a "language" among traders. They make business transactions easier whether they are local or made over long distances.
Consumers, as well as those involved in the marketing of agricultural products, benefit from the greater efficiency permitted by the availability and application of grade standards.
AMS currently grades cotton, fresh fruits and vegetables, processed fruits and vegetables, poultry, eggs, livestock and meat, dairy products, and tobacco.
- Fresh Electronic Inspection Reporting System (FEIRS)
- California Code of Regulations Article 21 Cherries
- Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Import Requirements and Test Market Exemptions