Public Law 272

Enforcement of PL 272 helps to ensure the integrity of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grade names and assists consumers in making informed meat and poultry purchase decisions with respect to various agricultural grades.  Quality Assessment Division (QAD) monitors and verifies grade labeling and advertising of meat and poultry products at retail level.  QAD agents also perform these reviews at meat and poultry processing facilities where QAD graders are located.  This helps to eliminate and prevent misuse and misrepresentation of USDA meat and poultry grade names at all marketing levels between the processor and the consumer.

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