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USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Cauliflower Grade Standards

AMS No. 007-12


Gwen Sparks, (202) 260-8210


WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2012 –– The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking comments on proposed revisions to the U.S. Standards for Grades of Cauliflower.


The changes would amend the color requirements for curds to allow all shades of cauliflower to be certified to a U.S. grade. The proposal would also allow cauliflower heads less than four inches in diameter to be certified. These changes are designed to promote and facilitate the efficient marketing of U.S. cauliflower in a competitive world market.


USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) works with industry representatives and others to establish or revise U.S. standards for nearly 240 agricultural products. Industry uses the standards in the marketplace to specify the quality of commodities. Standards facilitate commerce by providing a common language for trade and a means of measuring value in the marketing of agricultural products.


Notice of the proposed standards will be published in the Feb.9, 2012, Federal Register. Comments may be submitted to by April 9, 2012. For a copy of the standards or more information, visit, or contact Dr. Carl Newell, AMS Fruit & Vegetable Programs, USDA, National Training and Development Center, Riverside Business Park, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Va. 22406.




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