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[ Dressed Carcass Transaction Standards ]
A standard determined by the Japan Meat Grading Association, having been certified by the Director-General of the Agricultural Production Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, serving as a nationwide unified transaction standard for Japan. Beef is graded in 15 stages in a combination of Yield Grade and Quality Grade (see chart below).
Yield Grade is the ratio of meat to dressed carcass weight, and is classified into three grades, from A to C (A: 72 and greater; B: 69 and greater; C: less than 69), according to numbers determined in four categories (rib eye area, rib thickness, subcutaneous fat thickness, chilled carcass weight).
Quality Grade is the classified into grades (from 5 to 1) according to marbling, meat brightness, meat firmness and texture, and fat brightness and quality.
<Marbling Grade Categories>
Grade 5 (very abundant)
Grade 4 (somewhat abundant)
Grade 3 (standard)
Grade 2 (somewhat scarce)
Grade 1 (very scarce)
Example of Beef Marbling Standard (B.M.S)
The Beef Marbling Standard (B.M.S.) ranges in stages between No. 1 and No. 12, with each No. categorized as shown above (photos are example abstracts from No. 1 to No. 12).
Quality Grade is categorized by a combination of B.M.S., Beef Color Standard (B.C.S.) and Beef Fat Standard (B.F.S.).
Standard Grading and Indicators