What Are the USDA Grain Grading Standards?
USDA grain grading and commodity standards are put into place to measure levels of value and quality for agricultural commodities. These are commonly utilized to assess the quality of various agriculture products such as grain, rice, corn, beans, and others.
During grain processing, there is a concern for food safety and product quality. The physical process includes the cleaning of the kernel, and then the moisture content is adjusted so that it reaches the desired particle size.
A safety concern is that higher levels of microbial contamination may be present on the surface of the kernel. There is an unknown level of contamination present in the grain supplied to the miller before processing, and without proper handling, puts the consumer at risk.
Barrow-Agee Laboratories follows the USDA grain grading standards by running analyses on grains for the presence of potentially harmful mycotoxins and other contaminants. Here’s how the future may change when it comes to the USDA grain grading standards.
Changes to Prepare for in the Future
Emerging technologies are on the horizon for new novel food processing techniques. This includes the use of microwave, radiofrequency, irradiation, and high-pressure processing.
These new technologies are zeroing in on potential applications for the processing of pulse milling and for storage. While this has made some improvements in utilization in some countries, these new methods are still some time out from qualifying as the new USDA grain grading standards.
The cost of equipment is another concern and creates a barrier in which food processors may turn down the idea to adapt to the new technology. Additionally, there is a lack of efficient and sustainable processing and packaging technologies to go along with the new techniques.
There’s currently low profitability involved with pulse production and the losses that occur during the storage phase, and there’s also a lack of quality standards involved with this inadequate supply of reasonably priced high-quality materials.
Lastly, storage issues are an additional cause for microbial spoilage or contamination. This includes pulse grain infestation by pests. While the new technologies are being adopted more and more, there are still enough issues to prevent them from becoming normal processing today.
Work with a Grain Commodity Testing Lab
Barrow-Agee Laboratories is a certified referee laboratory for grain proximate analysis. Our expansive testing services are for those in grain production and processing as well as the animal feeds industry. This includes proteins, moisture content, fat, ash Ph rise, and crude fiber analysis.
When you work with us, know that you’re working with an American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOSC) and National Oilseed Processors Association (NOPA) certified referee lab. Barrow-Agee has been an accredited lab for more than 100 years and takes pride in providing fast and accurate test results on time, every time.
Our lab ensures you are working with a high-quality grain product, protecting your customers and your bottom line. This includes the analysis of the grain samples for harmful mycotoxins and other contaminants.
When you’re ready to work with us, here’s how to submit a sample for timely and accurate results. Have you checked our testing services? Before submitting a sample, you can review our entire list of testing services here to determine if we can meet your needs. If you have any questions about our efforts with USDA grain grading standards or need additional support, contact us. If you don’t see a test you’re looking for, reach out. We still may be able to assist you.