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Meat Inspection = Safe and Wholesome Beef

The wholesomeness of the U.S. meat supply is ensured by meat inspection.  All meat that is sold must, by law, pass inspection.  Meat products are among the most highly regulated and supervised products in the food supply.  Everyone pays for meat inspection through taxes. 

Meat Grading = Taste and Tenderness

Meat grading is administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  Beef quality grades indicate palatability characteristics such as tenderness, juiciness and flavor.  There are eight quality grades for beef which reflect the amount of marbling (fat within the lean), firmness, color and texture of the beef, and the maturity of the animal.

Grading is optional and paid for by meat processors.  More than half of the beef available is graded.  

Generally, only three grades are identified and sold to restaurants and at retail:


PRIME has the most marbling.  It usually is sold to restaurants, although some specialty meat markets like HERBERT’S COUNTRY MEAT MARKET in Hempstead, New York sell it.  This is the best beef you can buy with the most flavor, tenderness and consistency!     

CHOICE cuts tend to have a little less marbling.  Choice is the most widely available grade in the market.

SELECT has the least amount of marbling, making it leaner but often less juicy and flavorful than the other two grades.


UNGRADED is just inspected.  There is no quality designation.  It doesn’t make the grade!

  USDA Prime Logo  
is the Best Grade you can buy with very well-distributed marbling – which is what gives beef its flavor, tenderness and consistency.  


The next time you shop for beef – check if you are getting the best possible Grade.  Herbert’s only gives you the best quality and price for USDA PRIME.  Many stores sell Ungraded or Select Beef – you need to know what you are getting for your money…..and you know you only get the best at Herbert’s Country Meat Market.

When you shop at Herbert's you get the highest quality, best tasting, and freshest meat possible for your dollar.  Period. 

                                                         Ronald Rossiello, Owner  

Call us at 516-483-8896 so we can help you with your meat order.


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