US Programme Seeks Consistency in Beef Grades
Beef grading has been a vital marketing service provided by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) since the 1920s.
Consumers, through retail, restaurant, and commercial food service buyers, have come to rely on USDA Prime, Choice, and Select as symbols of quality. Much of the U.S. beef supply chain depends on official USDA beef grades as the underlying basis for carcass value and for negotiating product price. Consequently, grading accuracy and consistency are highly important, especially as the industry transitions towards instrument grading.