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Commercial Item Descriptions  

 
Commercial Item Descriptions (CIDs) are product descriptions that concisely describe the most important characteristics of a commercial product. CIDs are official U.S. Government procurement documents that are:

 
  • Uniquely numbered in a Federal series
  • Prominently dated for easy reference
  • Appropriately titled (according to current Federal labeling policies)

 
Commercial Item Descriptions:
Click on a category below to bring up links to CIDs in Adobe Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF).

 

 

 
An official request to develop or revise a Commercial Item Description should be in writing and sent to the Specialty Crops Inspection Division using the contact information provided below.

 

 
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See Also
 
  U.S. Grade Standards  
 
  U.S. Standards for Condition of Food Containers  
 
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  Last Modified Date: 04/22/2014