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Revisions to U.S. Grade Standards for Various Processed Vegetables under Consideration

Interested parties may submit input through 12 October on a proposal to revise the voluntary U.S. grade standards for anned lima beans, canned mushrooms, pickles and green olives.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is seeking input by 12 October on a proposal to revise the voluntary U.S. grade standards for canned lima beans, canned mushrooms, pickles and green olives. Grade standards are used as a common language among traders and serve as a means of measuring value in the marketing of agricultural products.

Specifically, AMS is proposing to replace the term “midget” with “petite” in the canned lima bean, canned mushroom and pickle standards and to remove “midget” completely from the green olive standards, as there is an alternative term. The agency is also proposing to replace the two-term grading system (dual nomenclature) with a single term to describe each quality level in the canned lima bean, canned mushroom and green olive standards. Editorial changes would also be made to the grade standards that conform to recent changes made in other grade standards.

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