Illustration of chickens, sheep and cows.

Meat inspection and grading are two distinct programs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Inspection for meat quality is a mandatory program and is paid for by public funds. Meat grading is a voluntary program and identifies quality and carcass yield. It’s important to familiarize yourself with these programs in order to run the meat department successfully and answer customer questions. In this course, you will learn the distinctions and functions of both programs.

Course Duration: 20m

This course has the following objectives

  • List types of meat and poultry regulations.
  • Identify types of grading for meat and poultry.
  • Define inspection and grading programs.
  • Identify seals and labels for meat grading and inspection.

Course Duration: 20m

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