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AMS Seeks Public Input on Revisions to U.S. Beef Carcass Grade Standards

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking public comments on a petition requesting revisions to the U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef. The petition requests that the beef standards be amended to include dentition and documentation of actual age as an additional determination of maturity grouping for official quality grading. Currently, the standards only include skeletal and muscular evidence to determine maturity grouping for the purposes of official quality grading. Official quality grading is used as an indication of meat palatability and is a major determining factor in live cattle and beef value. Public comments are due by October 24, 2016, and can be submitted either by mail or via e-mail to beefcarcassrevisions@ams.usda.gov.

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