Is Angus a grade of beef?

GRADES of beef
The U.S. inspects all beef for wholesomeness. Agriculture Department (USDA)* and is graded for quality and accuracy. You’ve read about the grades of Prime, Option and Select-and Prime tops the grading scale. In quality grades, marbling plays a major part.

Marbling is the secret to taste, the tiny white flecks in beef. The higher the marbling quantity, the greater the beef consistency. Owing to the high levels of marbling in each cut, the Certified Angus Beef ® brand is exceptionally flavorful, tender and juicy.

Q: How is graded beef?
A: USDA independent graders inspect and mark cattle according to the grading scale: Prime, Option, Pick and many grades of low quality.

Q: How is beef picked for the ANGUS BEEF ® certified brand?
A: The same USDA independent graders inspect and assign a score to black-hidden cattle (typical of the Angus breed). The best choice, or prime, beef must be all beef considered for the brand, truly the top of the scale. Using the brand’s set of 10 science-based requirements for marbling, size and uniformity, this top-quality Angus beef is then tested again. If it is good enough to make the cut, the distinctive Certified Angus Beef ® brand mark is awarded.

Q: What makes CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF ® the ultimate beef prime brand?
A: Consistency, simple and quick. Only genuinely elite beef achieves the rigorous Prime requirements of the USDA, AND meets all 10 of the quality criteria of the brand. The high quality of the Certified Angus Beef ® brand Prime are reached by just 3 percent of beef. Marbling is the secret to its exceptional taste and tenderness.

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