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USDA Suspends Development of Standards for Grades of Catfish

06 February 2017

US - The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has announced that it will suspend work related to the development of voluntary US Standards for Grades of Catfish and Catfish Products.

The 2008 and 2014 Farm Bills directed the Secretary of Agriculture to establish, within USDA, a voluntary fee-based grading program for catfish. Standards are the foundation of the grading program and must be developed prior to establishing a grading program.

AMS invited the public to submit information, background, comments, and data to assist in the development of US Standards for Grades of Catfish and Catfish Products in a notice published in the Federal Register on July 14, 2016.

Based on the responses received from the Federal Register notice, as well as additional feedback from stakeholders through other public meetings and calls, AMS concluded that there is not sufficient interest in USDA-AMS standards for catfish or an AMS-administered grading program at this time. AMS will re-engage if sufficient interest exists in the future.

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