Tag Archives: AMS

USDA Announces Changes To The U.S. Beef Grade Standards

USDA quality grades are used by companies to provide information to consumers about meat’s tenderness, juiciness, and flavor and are a key factor in determining the value of beef and live cattle.  Last summer, USDA requested stakeholder feedback on a petition asking to amend standards for beef carcass grades.  That petition requested that the standards … Continue Reading

New Final Rule Strengthens USDA Enforcement of COOL Requirements

Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements at 7 CFR Part 60 and 7 CFR Part 65 require retailers to notify their customers of the country of origin of covered commodities, which include muscle cut and ground lamb, goat, and chicken; wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish; fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables; peanuts, pecans, and macadamia nuts; and … Continue Reading

USDA Proposes Changes to Process Verified Program for Marketing Claims

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has released a proposed rule which seeks to improve the Agency’s oversight of how companies use the USDA name and Process Verified Shield. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers the USDA Process Verified Program.  Companies with an approved Process Verified Program may develop promotional materials associated with their process verified … Continue Reading

GAP Analysis

USDA launches program to facilitate GAP certification for small and mid-sized entities in the produce sector. Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) are a voluntary set of recommendations originally developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1998.  USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) currently operates an audit/certification … Continue Reading