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AMI Urges No Changes to Beef Grade Standards Without Scientific Review

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

(American Meat Institute)

AMI, the North American Meat Association (NAMA) and the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) submitted joint comments to the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) against proposed changes to beef grade standards. The comments were in response to a request from AMS.

The groups argue that any changes to the beef grade standards must be based on timely, thorough, targeted and peer-reviewed research that demonstrates the need for the revisions. In addition, the proposed revisions must be developed using the best science and in a manner that avoids unintended consequences that have the potential to harm domestic producers, processors, and international markets.

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