INTRODUCTION TO POULTRY
Section I. POULTRY INSPECTION
In Subcourse MD0712 (Poultry I), poultry processing as well as destination and
surveillance inspections of poultry were discussed. The inspection at destination was
performed in order to determine identity, condition, and quantity of poultry. When
inspecting for identity of poultry, it is necessary to verify the grade. Whether you receive
a Certificate of Conformance (COC) for contracts covering quantities of 2,500 pounds or
less or a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grade Certificate for contracts of
more than 2,500 pounds (see figures 1-1 and 1-2), the veterinary food inspection specialist
must be familiar with all aspects involved in the grading of poultry in order to verify the grade.
Figure 1-1. Example of a Certificate of Conformation.