USDA Revises United States Standards for Grades of Processed Vegetables

May 06, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has revised the U.S. standards for canned lima bean, canned mushrooms, pickles and green olives to remove the term “midget.”

AMS replaced “midget” with “petite” in the canned lima bean, canned mushroom, pickle and green olive standards.

AMS also replaced 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.

The final notice announcing the changes was published in the Federal Register on April 19, 2019. The changes became effective on May 20, 2019.

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