Livestock and Poultry Program

USDA to Implement Alternative Method Program for AMS-Designated Laboratories that Conduct Microbiological Testing of Boneless and Ground Beef

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today that beginning November 1, 2019, AMS will evaluate requests from AMS-designated laboratories to use methods different from those specified in the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Microbiology Laboratory Guidebook (MLG) to test beef that AMS intends to purchase. AMS procures boneless and ground beef for the National School Lunch Program and other Federal food and nutrition assistance programs.

USDA Establishes Regional Cattle and Carcass Grading Correlation and Training Centers

Release No.: 114-19

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a collaboration with industry and academia to establish three regional USDA Cattle and Carcass Grading Correlation Training Centers. These centers will educate and train stakeholders across the country in the grading of feeder cattle, fed cattle and beef carcasses.