What does the grade mean when purchasing beef?
USDA graded beef is Prime, Choice, and Select. Lower grades are used for ground and processed meat products. USDA Prime beef has more fat marbling and is the most tender and flavorful and higher in fat. USDA Choice and Select are the grades most commonly sold in supermarkets.
Shannon Crosby, Dietetic Intern,
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009