Livestock and Poultry Carcass Grading Regulations (SOR/92-541)

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SCHEDULE V(Section 2)Yield Stamp

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  • SOR/93-342, s. 10.

PART IVGrade Names and Grade Standards for Veal Carcasses

General

 There shall be 10 grades of veal carcasses with the grade names Canada A1, Canada A2, Canada A3, Canada A4, Canada B1, Canada B2, Canada B3, Canada B4, Canada C1 and Canada C2.

Grade Standards for Canada A1, A2, A3 and A4

 The standards for a veal carcass of the grade Canada A1, Canada A2, Canada A3 or Canada A4 are the following:

  • (a) a carcass weight of no less than 80 kg and no greater than 180 kg;

  • (b) [Repealed, SOR/2007-88, s. 3]

  • (c) muscling that ranges from good to excellent, is free of depressions and has at least two of the following characteristics, namely,

    • (i) a profile, ranging from straight to convex, of the upper portion of the leg from the tail head to the tarsal joint,

    • (ii) loins that are wide and thick, and

    • (iii) racks that have spinous processes that are well covered by flesh;

  • (d) flesh of the required colour set out for the grade in the table to this section; and

  • (e) fat deposits that are creamy white or tinged with pink and that

    • (i) cover the kidneys but not excessively, or

    • (ii) cover the flanks well and are evident on the brisket.

TABLE

COLOUR CRITERIA FOR CANADA A GRADES

Column IColumn II
ItemGradeColour of Flesh
1Canada A1Flesh that is bright pink or lighter in colour and has a colour reading of 50 or more
2Canada A2Flesh that is pink in colour and has a colour reading of 40 to 49
3Canada A3Flesh that is pale red in colour and has a colour reading of 30 to 39
4Canada A4Flesh that is red in colour and has a colour reading of 0 to 29
  •  SOR/97-370, s. 3;
  • SOR/2001-342, s. 7;
  • SOR/2007-88, s. 3.

Grade Standards for Canada B1, B2, B3 and B4

  •  (1) The standards for a veal carcass of the grade Canada B1, Canada B2, Canada B3 or Canada B4 are the following:

    • (a) a carcass weight of no less than 80 kg and no greater than 180 kg;

    • (b) [Repealed, SOR/2007-88, s. 4]

    • (c) muscling that ranges from low-medium to excellent, has some or no depressions but does not have more than two of the following characteristics, namely,

      • (i) hip points that are noticeable but not prominent,

      • (ii) loins that have depressions on both sides of the dorsal processes, and

      • (iii) spinous processes of the rack that are sparsely covered by flesh;

    • (d) flesh of the required colour for the grade referred to in subsection (2); and

    • (e) fat deposits ranging from light to excessive on the kidneys or flanks.

  • (2) The required colour criteria for the grades Canada B1, Canada B2, Canada B3 and Canada B4 are the same as those set out in the table to section 42 for the grades Canada A1, Canada A2, Canada A3 and Canada A4, respectively.

  • SOR/97-370, s. 4;
  • SOR/2001-342, s. 8;
  • SOR/2007-88, s. 4.

Grade Standards for Canada C1 and C2

 The standards for a veal carcass of the grade Canada C1 or Canada C2 are the following:

  • (a) a carcass weight of no less than 80 kg and no greater than 180 kg;

  • (b) [Repealed, SOR/2007-88, s. 5]

  • (c) muscling that ranges from deficient to excellent or that does not meet the standards for the Canada B grades;

  • (d) flesh of the required colour set out for the grade in the table to this section; and

  • (e) fat deposits ranging from light to nil on the kidneys or flanks.

    TABLE

    COLOUR CRITERIA FOR CANADA C GRADES

    Column IColumn II
    ItemGradeColour of Flesh
    1Canada C1Flesh that is pink or lighter in colour and has a colour reading of 40 or more
    2Canada C2Flesh that is pale red or dark red in colour and has a colour reading of 39 or less
  • SOR/97-370, s. 5;
  • SOR/2001-342, s. 9;
  • SOR/2007-88, s. 5.
 
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