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Revisions to U.S. Grade Standards for Canned Vegetables and Processed Raisins

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking comments by 16 August on a proposal to revise 18 U.S. grade standards for canned vegetables issued on or before 3 August 1998. AMS has also issued a final rule revising the grade standards for processed raisins by removing five references to the term “midget.” Grade standards are used as a common language among traders and serve as a means of measuring value in the marketing of agricultural products.

With regard to the canned vegetable grade standards, AMS is proposing to replace the two-term grading system (dual nomenclature) with a single term to describe each quality level for 18 grade standards. Terms using the letter grade would be retained and the descriptive term would be eliminated. For example, grade standards using the term “U.S. Grade A” or “U.S. Fancy” would be revised to use the term “U.S. Grade A.” Likewise, grade standards using the term “U.S. Grade B” or “U.S. Extra Standard” would be revised to use the single term “U.S. Grade B.” These changes would bring the grade standards in line with the quality levels that are currently marketed and provide guidance in the effective use of these products.

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