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In Reply to: Re: USDA says beef grading system may be outdated posted by Woodburner on August 16, 2014 at 11:09:14:
The following four bits of info are from the above post and I believe will answer your question:
1. One driver is the advent of grass-fed beef, which has different attributes than grain-fed beef.
2. “Significant changes (such as grass fed versus grain fed feeding regimens, instrument grading, management, and export requirements) have taken place in the beef industry since the current grade standards were adopted in 1997,” USDA explained in a public notice.
3. AMS is seeking input from cattle producers, food processors, the public and other sources before revising the grades to better reflect the characteristics of meat that is available for Americans to purchase.
4. USDA noted the beef yield grade standard and equation was developed 50 years ago.
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