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USDA Proposes Revision to Beef Grade Standards

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

(North American Meat Institute)

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is proposing to revise the U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef to include dentition and documentation of actual age as additional methods of classifying carcass maturity for quality grading. The beef standards only include skeletal and muscular evidence as a determination of maturity grouping. The proposed change would allow carcasses of grain-fed steers and heifers determined to be less than 30 months old either by dentition or by documentation of actual age to be included in the youngest maturity group for carcasses recognized as "beef," regardless of skeletal evidences of maturity. Public comments regarding this proposed revision are due by August 18, 2017. Meat Institute members should contact Director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs KatieRose McCullough with any questions about the notice.

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