2-15. PACKAGING, PACKING, AND MARKING
a. Each bird, Style 1, whole chicken, must be inserted in a plastic bag, which
shall cling tightly to the chicken. The giblets and the neck of the individual chicken are
tightly wrapped or bagged in plastic, waxed paper, parchment paper, or cellophane and
placed inside the chicken. All packaging and packing considers the style of the product
and conforms to that indicated in the contract or the specification.
b. When specified, only chicken of one weight range will be packed in any one
box. Unless otherwise specified, Type I product (chilled) of all classes and styles, will
be packed in mechanical refrigeration acceptable to commissaries for safe delivery at
destination at the lowest transportation rate for such suppliers. The shipping container
must be in accordance with the rules or regulations applicable to the mode of
transportation. Shipping containers are fiberboard boxes. Boxes are lined to protect
the container from juices from the product.
c. Commercial labeling is acceptable if the information given shows class and
style of product and its net weight.
d. Shipping containers for the military are marked in accordance with military
standards. The date of pack for Type I (chilled) chicken shall be the slaughter date,
designated as month, day, and year. The nomenclature of the product will consist of
the grade, item, class, and style. The information may be abbreviated so that Grade A,
Class I, Style 1 chicken would appear as: CHIX GR A BRO/FRY RTC WHL (Grade A
chicken, broilers or fryers, ready-to-cook, whole).
e. The following information, as applicable, must appear on top of the shipping
container near the back side in bold letters between 1 and 1 1/2 inches high, all letters
being the same height.
(0F or below)
(28F to 40F)