Mexico’s Proposed Beef Grading Standards

In December 2017, USMEF submitted comments to Mexico’s Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fishery and Food (SAGARPA) on its proposed beef grading standards. USMEF’s comments in this proceeding raise concerns about how English grade names could be used interchangeably with Spanish names, which would create confusion in the marketplace and diminish the value that the U.S. beef industry derives from the USDA grading system. There are also significant differences that make interchangeable use of the English and Spanish grade names problematic, including differences in marbling scores and in the procedures used to determine carcass grades.

USMEF’s comments are available online:

Spanish version

English version

UPDATE: A USDA GAIN Report published in February 2019 states, ““the (proposed grading) program has polarized the domestic beef industry because of the multiple types of breeds, fattening systems and marbling throughout the country. The principal meat industry organizations have yet to come to agreement on the program.”