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WOA CARCASS GRADING SYSTEM

January 4th, 2003
Version 1.0

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OSTRICH CARCASS/MEAT GRADES

Prime

Choice

Select

Utility

Non-Food

 

Prime Grade Defined

Item

Status or Condition

Bird Age

Less than 16 months of age

Fat Pan Color

White Fat Pan color only

Muscle Color

Even red muscle color throughout

Heart Condition

Heart of normal size, color & texture with no damage

Liver Condition

Mid-brown color with no abscess/ulcerations

Disease Condition

No disease symptoms or evidence

Other Condition

No Oedema or "jell" substance on heart, thigh or sternum

Note: A Prime Grade carcass will yield the highest amount of primary meat cuts with a consistent degree of tenderness throughout all the primary meat muscles.

Choice Grade Defined

Item

Status or Condition

Bird Age

16 to 24 months of age

Fat Pan Color

White Fat Pan color only

Muscle Color

Even red muscle color throughout

Heart Condition

Heart of normal size, color & texture with no damage

Liver Condition

Mid-brown color with no abscess/ulcerations

Disease Condition

No disease symptoms or evidence

Other Condition

No Oedema or "jell" substance on heart, thigh or sternum

Note: A Choice Grade Ostrich carcass will yield a few primary meat cuts, if carefully selected, with a reasonable degree of tenderness. The majority of the Choice carcass will be secondary meat cuts and ground meat.

Select Grade Defined

Item

Status or Condition

Bird Age

25 months of age and older

Fat Pan Color

White Fat Pan color only

Muscle Color

Even red muscle color throughout

Heart Condition

Heart of normal size, color & texture with no damage

Liver Condition

Mid-brown color with no abscess/ulcerations

Disease Condition

No disease symptoms or evidence

Other Condition

No Oedema or "jell" substance on heart, thigh or sternum

Note: A Select Grade carcass should ONLY be used for value-added products and ground meat products.

Utility Grade Defined

Item

Status or Condition

Bird Age

Any age of bird

Fat Pan Color

Yellow Fat Pan color

Muscle Color

Multi-coloring of muscles (pink to dark red)

 

White color areas in some muscles

Heart Condition

Small, damaged or spongy texture heart

Liver Condition

Yellow, Green or Black Color

 

Liver abscesses or ulcerations

Disease Condition

No disease symptoms or evidence

Other Condition

Oedema or "jell" substance on heart, thigh or sternum

Note: A Utility Grade carcass should ONLY be used for value-added products and NOT for primary cuts, secondary cuts, or ground meat products.

Non-Food Grade Defined

Item

Status or Condition

Bird Age

Any age of bird

Muscle Color

Muscles with abscesses or channels in meat

 

Muscles with light or dark spots

Liver Condition

Spotty or infected livers

Disease Condition

Any disease symptoms or evidence

A Non-Food Grade Ostrich carcass will exhibit one or more of the above undesirable traits
Note: A Non-Food Grade carcass must not be used for human consumption.

 

 

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