The South African carcass
classification system for lamb,
mutton, beef and goat (in
use since June 1992) is based
on the Agricultural Product
Standards Act, 1990 (Act 119
of 1990) R 342 – Regulations Regarding the
Classification and Marking of Meat.
The carcass classification system
could be viewed as a common language
for all role-players in the value chain. It
is an essential part of efficient animal
production and plays a role in meat price
determination. It also forms a basis for the
utilisation of price differences and assists
the industry in maximising consumer
satisfaction through more consistent and
specifically defined meat quality.
From a consumer perspective the red
meat classification system could enable
consumers to select meat that aligns to
their needs and preferences according to
the characteristics within a specific class.