USDA ANNOUNCES THE INSTITUTIONAL MEAT PURCHASE SPECIFICATIONS FOR FRESH GOAT
WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2001--The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced
a new Institutional Meat Purchase Specification series for fresh goat. The
new IMPS was developed to address the growing demand for goat meat in the
United States and to facilitate the expansion of goat meat marketing.
The document features detailed descriptions for goat products and provides
purchasers specific ordering options. The series has selection criteria for
live goats and carcasses, a codification system, and a special requirements
section that provides marketing options addressing class, breed type, forage
type, organic certification, and slaughter method preferences.
Retail, food service, and institutional buyers depend on the standardized
code referenced IMPS item descriptions when they go to the marketplace to
purchase meat items. In addition, the Livestock and Seed Program, through
its Meat Grading and Certification Branch, provides a voluntary
certification service to assure the items comply with purchaser specified
Meat marketing specialists from AMS' Livestock and Seed Program, along with
meat scientists from Louisiana State University and Southern University,
developed the IMPS for Fresh Goat, Series 11. This activity was prompted by
requests from the goat industry for standardized criteria for carcass
evaluation and descriptions of goat meat cuts.
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