Understanding Food Quality Labels

A Guide to AMS Grade Shields, Value-Added Labels, and Official Seals

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) provides American agriculture with valuable tools and services, such as grading, certification, and verification, that help create marketing opportunities.  Through these services we guarantee the quality of American food and add value to American products.   View the factsheet to learn more about the list of the labels and standards AMS verifies.

View the Understanding Food Quality Labels Factsheet (pdf)