Premium producers within the pork industry are looking forward to the proposed modifications to the USDA's Standards for Grades of Pork Carcasses. If enacted this new system will properly recognize pork based on its marbling and color. Anticipated to be similar to the USDA's successful Beef Grading system, the Prime and Choice grades to be attributed to pork will identify the very best, allowing consumers to more effectively identify the better product.
Those currently producing premium pork products are excited for the chance to finally step away from the long standing slogan, "the other white meat", as it has led consumers to attribute pork with chicken. Many suspect that with such branding the pork industry was set back, causing consumers to equate pork to a product that is roughly ½ the price and chase after leaner product often to the detriment their pallets.
If enacted consumers choosing the higher quality grades can expect a better tasting, darker pork with much more marbling. As demand increases the premium placed on lean hogs is expected to significantly decline, resulting in a push in Durocs due to their superior attributes and hopefully an industry wide adjustment to producing higher volumes of premium product that consumers desire.
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