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AMS Proposes Changes to Regulations Governing Voluntary Grading of Meats

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

(North American Meat Institute)

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing to amend its regulations governing the voluntary grading and certification of meats, prepared meats, meat products, shell eggs, poultry products and rabbit products. The proposed amendments would standardize language for providing service under an agreement or on an as-needed basis, recommending the term “scheduled” for services provided under an agreement and “unscheduled” for services provided on an as-needed basis. The amendments, if finalized, would also standardize and align billing practices for services provided by the Livestock and Poultry Program. In addition, AMS is proposing removing the administrative volume charge and revising both holiday billing and billing of hours in excess of agreement hours. Comments on the proposed amendments are due May 24, 2019.

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