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Poultry and Egg Marketing is a grading and inspection program in the Office of Commodity Services. It operates under a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS). Inspectors are trained and employed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and licensed by the USDA.

Inspection refers to the safety of poultry and poultry products and the accuracy of their labels. Inspection is mandatory and required by law, with minor exceptions.

Grading and certification are voluntary services, typically paid by user fees. Grading is the evaluation of poultry and shell eggs based on the official USDA quality standards. Certification is the process of verifying that poultry and shell egg purchases meet specific requirements such as quality, condition, formulation, weight, packaging, storage and transportation. Certification services are tailored to meet the specific product needs of food manufacturers, the food service industry and food retailers.

Contact VDACS for additional information on the Poultry and Egg Marketing program and its services.


Elizabeth D. Myers, Acting Manager

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