USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
October 21, 2015
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers programs that create domestic and international marketing opportunities for U.S. producers of food, fiber, and specialty crops.
- Quality Grading (Requesting Resident and Fee Grading Services
USDA quality grade marks are usually seen on beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, butter, and eggs.
- Selling Food to USDA/AMS (Commodity Procurement Information
USDA Foods meet high standards for quality and wholesomeness and must be produced and processed according to details USDA specifications.
- Shell Egg Surveillance Information and the Egg Products Inspection Act (EPIA)
The U.S. standards for shell eggs limit the number of restricted eggs that are permitted in consumer markets, and there are mandatory procedures for disposing of and distributing restricted eggs. These procedures are covered by the shell egg surveillance program monitored by AMS.
- Import Requirements For Table Eggs and Breaking Stock
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS) regulates the importation of animals and animal-derived materials to ensure that exotic animal and poultry diseases are not introduced into the United States.
- AMS 56 (United States Standards, Grades, and Weight Classes for Shell Eggs); 7 CFR Part 56 (Regulations Governing the Voluntary Grading of Shell Eggs); and 7 CFR Part 57 (Regulations Governing the Inspection of Eggs)
Grades AA, A and B.
- List of Plants Utilizing USDA Grading Service
The Poultry Program of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service provides voluntary poultry and egg grading and certification services.