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2.2.1.1: Poultry Grading and Standards

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    The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) inspects all poultry products that cross state lines. The Wholesome meat and Poultry Act extends to cover the inspection of poultry that is processed and sold within state lines. The USDA marks products that have passed inspection with a seal. Modernization to the poultry inspection system called the New Poultry Inspection System (NPIS) is currently voluntary but includes certain measures that extend to all facilities that are inspected by FSIS. For example, facilities are now mandated to collect their own biological samples and test for salmonella and campylobacter. This testing is required regardless if the processor opts in to the new system. Other changes and updates can be read about here:https://www.fsis.usda.gov/inspection/inspection-programs/inspection-poultry-products/modernization-poultry-slaughter

    Similarly to that of the grading of red-meats, the USDA offers a voluntary grading system for poultry. It should be noted that, while many think that the color of the skin plays a role in the grading scale, this is not true. The color of the skin is highly dependent on the type of plant pigments found in the birds diet.

    U.S. Grade A. A lot of ready-to-cook poultry, parts, or poultry food products consisting of one or more ready-to-cook carcasses or parts, or individual units of poultry food products of the same kind and class, each of which conforms to the requirements for A quality may be designated as U.S. Grade A.

    U.S. Grade B. A lot of ready-to-cook poultry or parts consisting of one or more ready-to-cook carcasses or parts of the same kind and class, each of which conforms to the requirements for B quality or better may be designated as U.S. Grade B.

    U.S. Grade C. A lot of ready-to-cook poultry or parts consisting of one or more ready-to-cook carcasses or parts of the same kind and class, each of which conforms to the requirements for C quality or better, may be designated as U.S. Grade C.

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    Source: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/inspection...dance/labeling


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