- 6 pages
- For Official Use Only
- June 2009
A. Pork products will be produced using the USDA’s Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications (IMPS) for Pork Items and The North American Meat Processors Association, Meat Buyers Guide.
1. All pork cuts shall originate from barrow and gilt carcasses graded US No. 1 or equivalent. Fresh primal and sub primal cuts shall meet the requirements of IMPS series 400 or the Meat Buyers Guide. Cured, smoked and fully cooked pork items shall meet the requirements of IMPS series 500.
2. Unless otherwise specified, all items will be processed 2 days from harvesting and will be packaged in accordance with the contract requirements. All tray ready items will have soaker-pads properly added to eliminate normal purge. Product must also meet the following requirements:
a. Fresh vacuumed wrapped primals and sub primals must be delivered within 10 days from date of pack for both CONUS, except for Hawaii and Alaska; these locations must be delivered within 14 days from date of pack.
b. Case Ready Items must be delivered within 50% of the agreed upon shelf life but not less than 7 days
c. Frozen Pork products must be delivered within 30 days of packaging.
3. All items will be moisture enhanced unless otherwise specified. Moisture enhanced product will be limited to Not More Than 12% solution unless larger amounts of solution are authorized by the Contracting Officer. When requested by the Contracting Officer, samples may be sent to a lab to verify the amount of moisture in a product.
4. Unless otherwise stated, all products delivered under this TDS will have not more than a 1/8 inch fat average over the major muscle. Three measurements must be taken over the major muscle and averaged for verification of fat requirement.
B. PACKAGING, PACKING, LABELING, AND MARKING:
1. Packaging/Packing shall be in accordance with acceptable commercial practice. Shipping containers and closure of shipping containers shall be in accordance with either the Uniform Freight Classification or the National Motor Freight Classification, as applicable. Unless otherwise specified in the individual item description, the net weight of individual shipping containers shall not exceed 90 pounds.
2. Labeling shall be in accordance with commercial labeling and shall comply with the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act and regulations there under.