United States Classes, Standards, and Grades for Poultry

Docket Number: AMS–LP–18–0050
Effective Date: August 6, 2018


The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is revising the United States Classes, Standards, and Grades for Poultry, (the poultry standards) to lower the age requirement for the “roaster and roasting chickens” class of poultry and identify a ready-to-cook weight of 5.5 pounds or more. This change is consistent with how the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) defines “roaster or roasting chickens” for labeling compliance.


Richard Lawson, National Poultry Supervisor, Livestock and Poultry Program, AMS, USDA; 1400 Independence Ave. SW; Room 3932-S, STOP 0258; Washington, DC 20250-0258; phone (202) 690-3166; Richard.Lawson@ams.usda.gov.

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