Georgia Department of Agriculture

State-Federal Poultry Graders

Eric O'Kelley, Program Manager
1195 Jesse Jewell Parkway
Gainesville, GA 30501
Tele:  (770)  535-5704
Fax:   (770)  535-5763
Toll Free: (866) 373-7786

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 7609
Gainesville, GA 30504

The State-Federal Poultry and Egg Grading Service is provided through a Cooperative State Trust Fund Agreement between the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing Service.

Poultry and Egg Grading Certification
The grade of poultry and shell eggs is based on the official USDA Quality Standards.  In addition to grade determination, certifications are made by verifying that poultry and egg purchases through food procurement contracts meet specification requirements for such things as quality, condition, formulation, temperatures, net weight, packaging, storage and transportation.  The grading and certification are voluntary services that are paid for by those who request and use them.

Shell Egg Surveillance
Most eggs are sold and bought in the shell and USDA has established minimum standards of quality for all eggs that move in consumer channels.  There are mandatory procedures for the disposition of certain eggs that do not meet these quality standards.  The Georgia Department of Agriculture employees monitor how these eggs are handled under the Shell Egg Surveillance Program at packers and processors that are visited on a quarterly basis each fiscal year.

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