Equipment Review

AMS offers two voluntary, fee-based equipment review and certification programs to the food processing industry: the Dairy Equipment Review Program and the Meat and Poultry Equipment Review Program. AMS specialists base equipment reviews on an examination of engineering drawings and of actual processing equipment, required for the final review, often with the participation of design engineers. We provide these voluntary services upon request to equipment manufacturers who wish to have their equipment certified or would like to display the AMS official identification mark on their equipment (meat & poultry equipment only). AMS charges fees for these reviews, related travel and other expenses. 

Resources for Dairy Equipment Review

Resources for Meat and Poultry Equipment Review

Forms

Forms are fillable on line but must be printed and signed. The signed form may be faxed (540-361-1199) or emailed to the Dairy Grading Branch for consideration.

Contact Information

Lisle, IL (National Field Office):

Attention:  Noreen Ratzlaff
National Program Coordinator, Plant Surveys, Equipment and Facility Reviews
US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, Dairy Program
Grading and Standards Division, Dairy Grading Branch
2150 Western Court
Suite 100
Lisle, IL  60532-1973
Phone:  630-437-5024
Fax: 630-437-5060

Washington, DC  (Headquarters) (Appeals):

Attention:  William Francis
Acting Director
USDA-AMS Dairy Program, Grading and Standards Division
Room 2746-South Building
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20250-0230
Phone: 202-690-0530
Fax: 202-720-2643