September 13, 2006

Certified Angus Beef to adjust specifications


The Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB) board of directors last week voted to adjust Certified Angus Beef brand specifications to better reflect industry changes and consumer demand.


Instead of a Yield Grade (YG) 3.9 limit, the brand would use a more specific consistency requirement. Finished cattle weights have increased steadily and beef fabrication styles have been changing in the 28 years since the standard was mooted, thus a change in specifications is necessary. Changes proposed would address uniformity issues.


The board also voted to adopt a ribeye size bracket of 10 to 16 square inches and a carcass weight cap at less than 1,000 pounds. It would set limits on external fat thickness to refine compositional consistency.

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