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of official certificates, memoranda, marks, other identifications, and devices for purposes of the Agricultural Marketing Act.
54.4 Kind of service. 54.5 Availability of service. 54.6 How to obtain service. 54.7 Order of furnishing service. 54.8 When request for service deemed made. 54.9 Withdrawal of application or request
for service. 54.10 Authority of agent. 54.11 Denial or withdrawal of service. 54.12 Financial interest of official grader. 54.13 Accessibility and refrigeration of prod
ucts; access to establishments. 54.14 Official certificates. 54.15 Advance information concerning serv
ice rendered. 54.16 Marking of products. 54.17 Official identifications. 54.18 Custody of identification devices.
8 54.1 Meaning of words.
Words used in this subpart in the singular form shall be deemed to import the plural, and vice versa, as the case may demand. For the purposes of such regulations, unless the context otherwise requires, the following terms shall be construed, respectively, to mean:
Administrator. The Administrator of the Agricultural Marketing Service, or any officer or employee of the Agricultural Marketing Service to whom authority has heretofore been delegated or to whom authority may hereafter be delegated, to act in his stead.
Agricultural Marketing Service. The Agricultural Marketing Service of the Department.
Animals. Cattle, sheep, swine, goats.
Applicant. Any person who has applied for service under the regulations.
Branch. The Meat Grading Branch of the Division.
Carcass. The commercially prepared or dressed body of any animal intended for human food.
Carcass Data Service. The service established and conducted under the regulations to provide producers and other interested persons with data on carcass characteristics.
54.19 What is appeal service; marking prod
ucts on appeal; requirements for appeal;
certain determinations not appeaiable. 54.20 Request for appeal service. 54.21 When request for appeal service may
be withdrawn. 54.22 Denial or withdrawal of appeal service. 54.23 Who shall perform appeal service.
Certification service. The service established and conducted under the regulations for the determination and certification or other identification of the compliance of products with specifications.
Chief. The Chief of the Branch, or any officer or employee of the Branch to whom authority has heretofore been delegated, or to whom authority may hereafter be delegated, to act in his stead.
Class. A subdivision of a product based on essential physical characteristics that differentiate between major groups of the same kind of species.
Compliance. Conformity of a product to the specifications under which the product was purchased or sold, with particular reference to the quality, cleanliness, state of refrigeration, method of processing, and trim of products.
Contract verification service. A program allowing institutions or other large purchasers of commodity products to have those products compared to contractual requirements.
Cooperative agreement. A cooperative agreement between the Agricultural Marketing Service and another Federal agency or a State agency, or other agency, organization or person as specified in the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended, for conducting the service.
Department. The United States Department of Agriculture.
Director. The Director of the Division, or any officer or employee of the Division to whom authority has heretofore been delegated, or to whom authority may hereafter be delegated, to act in his stead.
Division. The Meat Quality Division of the Agricultural Marketing Service.
Fabricating. Cutting into wholesale or retail cuts, dicing or grinding.
Federal Meat Inspection. The meat inspection system conducted under the Federal Meat Inspection Act as amended by the Wholesome Meat Act (21 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) and the regulations thereunder (9 CFR chapter III, subchapter A).
Financially interested person. Any person having a financial interest in the products involved, including but not limited to the shipper, receiver, pro
ducer, seller, buyer, or carrier of the products.
Grade. (1) As a noun, this term means an important commercial subdivision of a product based on certain definite and preference determining factors, such as, but not limited to, conformation, finish, and quality in meats.
(2) As a verb, this term means to determine the class, grade, or other quality of a product according to applicable standards for such product in subpart B of this part.
Grading Service. The service established and conducted under the regulations for the determination and certification or other identification of the class, grade, or other quality of products under standards.
Immediate container. The carton, can, pot, tin, casing, wrapper, or other receptacle or covering constituting the basic unit in which products are directly contained or wrapped when packed in the customary manner for delivery to the meat trade or to consumers.
Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications. Specifications describing various meat cuts, meat products, and meat food products derived from all livestock species, commonly abbreviated "IMPS", and intended for use by any meat procuring activity. For labeling purposes, only product certified by the Meat Grading and Certification Branch may contain the letters “IMPS" on the product label.
Legal Holiday. Those days designated as legal public holidays in title 5, United States Code, section 6103(a).
Livestock. Bovine, ovine, porcine.
Meat. The edible part of the muscle of an animal, which is skeletal, or which is found in the tongue, in the diaphragm, in the heart, or in the esophagus, and which is intended for human food, with or without the accompanying and overlying fat and the portions of bone, skin, sinew, nerve, and blood vessels which normally accompany the muscle tissue and which are not separated from it in the process of dressing. This term does not include the muscle found in the lips, snout, or ears.
Meat by-products. All edible parts (other than meat and prepared meats) intended for human food, derived from one or more animals, and including but
not limited to such organs and parts as livers, kidneys, sweetbreads, brains, lungs, spleens, stomachs, tripe, lips, snouts, and ears.
Meat food products. Any articles intended for human food (other than meat, prepared meats, and meat byproducts) which are derived or prepared in whole or in substantial and definite part, from any portion of any animal, except
articles organotherapeutic substances, meat juice, meat extract, and the like, which are only for medicinal purposes and are advertised only to the medical profession.
Office of grading. The office of an official grader.
Official grader. An employee of the Department or other person authorized by the Department to determine and certify or otherwise identify the class, grade, other quality, or compliance of products under the regulations.
Person. Any individual, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity, or Government agency.
Prepared meats. The products intended for human food which are obtained by subjecting meat to drying, curing, smoking, cooking, grinding, seasoning, or flavoring, or to any combination of such procedures, and to which no considerable quantity of any substance other than meat or meat byproducts has been added.
Processing. Drying, curing, smoking, cooking, seasoning, or flavoring or any combination of such processes, with or without fabricating.
Products. Meats, prepared meats, meat by-products, or meat food products.
Quality. A combination of the inherent properties of a product which determines its relative degree of excellence.
Quality grade. A designation based on those characteristics of meat which predict the palatability characteristics of the lean.
Quality Systems Certification Program. A multifaceted program allowing all aspects of the livestock industry to have quality systems, or
or processes within quality systems, verified by AMS agent(s) to effectuate use of such quality systems to meet contractual requirements, or as a marketing tool.
Service. Grading service or acceptance service.
Shipping container. The receptacle or covering in which one or more immediate containers of products are packed for transportation.
Specifications. Descriptions with respect to the class, grade, other quality, quantity or condition of products, approved by the Administrator, and available for use by the industry regardless of the origin of the descrip tions.
Standards. The standards of the Department contained in subpart B of this part.
Supervisor of grading. An official grader or other person designated by the Director or Chief to supervise and maintain uniformity and accuracy of service under the regulations.
The Act. The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 (Title II of the act of Congress approved August 14, 1946, 60 Stat. 1087, as amended by Pub. L. 272, 84th Cong., 69 Stat. 553, 7 U.S.C. 1621-1627).
The regulations. The regulations in this subpart.
Yield grade. A designation which reflects the estimated yield of retail cuts that may be obtained from a beef, lamb, yearling mutton, or mutton carcass.
(42 FR 53921, Oct. 4, 1977, as amended at 45 FR 51762, Aug. 5, 1980. Redesignated at 46 FR 63203, Dec. 31, 1981; 61 FR 11505, Mar. 21, 1996)
8 54.2 Designation of official certifi
cates, memoranda, marks, other identifications, and devices for purposes of the Agricultural Marketing Act.
Subsection 203(h) of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, as amended by Pub. L. 272, 84th Congress, provides criminal penalties for various specified offenses relating to official certificates, memoranda, marks or other identifications, and devices for making such marks or identifications, issued or authorized under section 203 of said act, and certain misrepresentations concerning the inspection or grading of agricultural products under said section. For the purposes of said subsection and the provisions in this part, the terms listed below shall have the respective meanings specified:
(a) Official certificate means any form of certification, either written or printed, used under the regulations to certify with respect to the inspection, class, grade, quality, size, quantity, or condition of products (including the compliance of products with applicable specifications).
(b) Official memorandum means any initial record of findings made by an authorized person in the process of grading, determining compliance, inspecting, or sampling pursuant to the regulations, any processing or plantoperation report made by an authorized person in connection with grading, determining compliance, inspecting, or sampling under the regulations, and any report made by an authorized person of services performed pursuant to the regulations.
(c) Official mark or other official identification means any form of mark or other identification, including those prescribed in 54.17; used under the regulations in marking any products, or the immediate or shipping containers thereof, to show inspection class, grade quality, size quantity, or condition of the products (including the compliance of products with applicable specifications), or to maintain the identity of products for which service is provided under the regulations.
(d) Official device means any roller, stamp, brand
brand or other device used under the regulations to mark any products or the immediate or shipping containers, thereof, with any official mark or other official identification.
subpart B of this part. Class, grade, and other quality may be determined under said standards for meat of cattle, sheep, or swine in carcass form only, except upon approval by the Director upon his determination of good cause and provided that the meat can be identified in conformance with the standards. Certification service under the regulations shall consist of the determination of the conformity of products to specifications approved by the Director or Chief and the certification and other identification of such livestock or products in accordance with specifications, upon request by the applicant. Determination as to product compliance with specifications for ingredient content or method of preparation may be based upon information received from the inspection system having jurisdiction over the products involved. The Carcass Data Service, under the regulations, shall consist of the evaluation of carcass characteristics, in accordance with applicable official United States Standards which appear in subpart B of this part, of carcasses of animals identified with the official eartag as shown in $54.17, the recording of such data, and transmittal of the data to, or as directed by, the applicant for the service. The Contract Verification Service, under the regulations, provides wholesale buyers of noncertified commodity products a method of determining whether procurement(s) meet contractually specified requirements. The Quality Systems Certification Program, under the regulations, provides meatpackers, processors, producers, or other businesses in the livestock and meat trade the ability to have special processes or documented quality management systems verified.
$ 54.3 Authority.
The Chief is charged with the administration, under the general supervision and direction of the Director, of the regulations and the Act insofar as they relate to products.
[42 FR 53921, Oct. 4, 1977, as amended at 45 FR 51762, Aug. 5, 1980. Redesignated at 46 FR 63203, Dec. 31, 1981; 61 FR 11506, Mar. 21, 1996)
8 54.4 Kind of service.
Grading service under the regulations shall consist of the determination and certification and other identification, upon request by the applicant, of the class, grade, or other quality of products under applicable standards in
$ 54.5 Availability of service.
Service under these regulations may be made available with respect to products shipped or received in interstate commerce, and with respect to the products not so shipped or received if the Director or Chief determines that the furnishing of service for such products would facilitate the marketing,
distribution, processing, or utilization of agricultural products through commercial channels. Also, such service may be made available under a cooperative agreement. Service under these regulations shall be provided without discrimination as to race, color, sex, creed, or national origin. Service will be furnished for products only if they were derived from animals slaughtered in federally inspected establishments or operated under State meat inspection in a State other than one designated in 9 CFR 331.2. Service under these regulations will be furnished for imported meat only if it is marked so that the name of the country of origin appears on most of the major retail cuts. The mark of foreign origin shall be imprinted by roller brand or handstamp and shall be applied so that the imprint is at least 2 inches from the backbone of lamb, 3 inches from the backbone of veal and calf, and 4 inches from the backbone of beef carcasses. The mark of foreign origin shall be repeated parallel to the backbone of the carcass so as to appear on each round, rump, full loin, rib, and chuck of each bovine and ovine carcass in letters at least one-fourth of an inch high, with no more than three-fourths of an inch space between impressions. Imprints of each such brand shall be submitted to the Chief for the determination of compliance with these regulations prior to use of the brand on meats offered for Federal grading. It shall be the responsibility of the applicant to notify the meat grade performing the service whenever imported meat is offered for grading.
forming their functions under the regulations. The application shall state:
(1) The name and address of the establishment at which service is desired; (2) the name and post office address of the applicant; (3) the financial interest of the applicant in the products, except where application is made by an official of a Government agency in his official capacity; and (4) the signature of the applicant (or the signature and title of his representative). The application shall indicate the legal status of the applicant as an individual, partnership, corporation, or other form of legal entity. Any change in such status, at any time while service is being received, shall be promptly reported to the Director or Chief by the person receiving the service.
(b) Notice of eligibility for service. The applicant for service at any establishment will be notified whether his application is approved.
(c) Request by applicant for service-(1) Noncommitment. Upon notification of the approval on an application for service, the applicant may, from time to time as desired, make oral or written requests for service under the regulations with respect to specific products for which the service is to be furnished under such application. Such requests shall be made at an office for grading either directly or through any employee of the Agricultural Marketing Service who may be designated for such purposes.
(2) Commitment. If desired, the applicant may request to enter into an agreement with the Agricultural Marketing Service for the furnishing of service on a weekly commitment basis, whereby the applicant agrees to pay for 8 hours of service per day, 5 days per week, Monday through Friday, excluding Federal legal holidays occurring Monday through Friday on which no grading and certification services are performed, as provided in $54.27(b), and the Agricultural Marketing Service agrees to make an official grader available to perform such service for the applicant. However, the Agricultural Marketing Service reserves the right to use any grader assigned to a plant under such a commitment to perform service for other applicants when, in the opinion of the Chief, the grader is
$ 54.6 How to obtain service.
(a) Application. Any person may apply to the Director or Chief for service under the regulations with respect to products in which the applicant is financially interested. The application shall be made on a form approved by the Director. In any case in which the service is intended to be furnished at an establishment not operated by the applicant, the application shall be approved by the operator of such establishment and such approval shall constitute an authorization for any employees of the Department to enter the establishment for the purpose of per