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Revisions to U.S. Grade Standards for Canned Vegetables

The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is revising, effective 20 January, 18 U.S. grade standards for canned vegetables issued on or before 3 August 1998 by replacing the two-term grading system (dual nomenclature) with a single term to describe each quality level. Terms using the letter grade will be retained and the descriptive term will be eliminated. For example, grade standards using the term “U.S. Grade A” or “U.S. Fancy” will be revised to use only the term “U.S. Grade A.” Likewise, grade standards using the term “U.S. Grade B” or “U.S. Extra Standard” will be revised to use the single term “U.S. Grade B.”  

AMS notes that these changes will bring the grade standards in line with the present quality levels being marketed today and provide guidance in the effective use of these products. Editorial changes will also be made to the grade standards that conform to recent changes made in other grade standards.

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