Cheese, Butter and Egg Grading
- DATCP main number: 608-224-5012
Food grades indicate that a product meets a set of minimum standards in order to qualify as fit for human consumption and to indicate varying levels of quality. Grade marks are usually seen prominently displayed on food commodities such as beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, butter, and eggs. Many other products, such as fresh and processed fruits and vegetables, honey and maple syrup, are also graded. For these, the grading service is used by wholesalers, and the final retail packaging may not include the grade mark. Consumers, as well as those involved in the marketing of agricultural products, benefit from the greater efficiency permitted by the availability and application of grade standards.
The information presented here is intended to help you better understand the standards to which cheese, butter and eggs produced in Wisconsin are held to ensure quality for you and your family.