Standards Organizations

Implementing and maintaining current standards in the meat industry is a complex process. Providing a platform to synchronize today's standards into the global standards of tomorrow presents even more of a challenge. To achieve this, the industry relies upon the expertise and resourcefulness of a variety of standards organizations. These organizations include international as well as U.S. organizations.

Industry-Wide Cooperative Meat Identification Standards Committee (ICMISC)

The ICMISC is the democratic overseeing body that sanctions standardization of the URMIS system. It was formed over 30 years ago and consists of representatives from all segments of the meat industry. The committee is responsible for the development of the URMIS meat standardization system, eliminating consumer confusion over the labeling of meat products. The ICMISC is responsible for the ongoing integrity of the system, revisions and the approval process of new cuts being added to the system.

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS); Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides guidance regarding food, agriculture, natural resources, nutrition, and related issues. The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) includes six commodity programs that provide standardization, grading and market news for those commodities. It provides services to the agricultural industry to ensure quality and availability of nutritive foods. The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) ensures proper labeling and packaging of the nation's supply of meat, poultry and egg products.

For questions, contact:

United States Department of Agriculture
Agriculture Marketing Service
Livestock, Poultry and Seed Program
Quality Assessment Division
Standards Branch, Room 3932-S
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20250-0254
Phone: 202-720-3271

United States Department of Agriculture
Food Safety and Inspection Service
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC20250-3700
Phone: 402-344-5000


As global commerce is conducted on a daily basis, an average of five billion barcodes are scanned daily. GS1 has been the industry leader in building and managing barcode standards over the past 30 years. GS1 US is a non-profit standards organization and member of the GS1 global network. GS1 US is an industry leader in standardization and synchronization systems. The GS1 standardization and synchronization system is the most widely used supply chain system in the world. Through allocation of unique numbers to barcodes and proper data synchronization, the GS1 system allows products to be identified anywhere in the global supply chain.

For questions, contact:
GS1 US Office
Princeton Pike Corporate Center
1009 Lenox Dr., Suite 202
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648

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