Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications [IMPS] Law and Legal Definition

Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications (IMPS) is a set of standard meat specifications maintained by the Agricultural Marketing Service Branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). These specifications are valid for North America. Each type of meat is assigned its own range of numbers. For example, fresh beef is assigned number 100. These specifications are recommended for use for any meat product procurement activity. For assurance that procured items comply with these detailed requirements, the USDA, through its Meat Grading and Certification Branch, provides a voluntary Meat Certification Service.

Pursuant to 7 CFR 54.1 the term Institutional Meat Purchase Specifications means “ Specifications describing various meat cuts, meat products, and meat food products derived from all livestock species, commonly abbreviated "IMPS", and intended for use by any meat procuring activity. For labeling purposes, only product certified by the Meat Grading and Certification Branch may contain the letters "IMPS" on the product label.”