Grading Poultry
Summary

 

 

All Poultry in the U.S. is mandatorily inspected by the U.S.D.A. for “Wholesomeness,” basically to confirm that is it disease-free and healthy to consume.

Chickens are graded by the composition of their skin, skin color (white or yellow), breast size, leg size (short & full), their backs (smooth) and their wings (primarily if they are intact). 

Graded birds typically weigh within ¼ pound (113 kg) of each other, which makes them useful for portion controlled applications such as restaurant use. Ungraded Chicken can be commercially purchased but vary a lot in size, which can cause uneven portion sizes and cooking times.