Broccoli for Processing Grades and Standards

Grades of Broccoli for Processing

  1. U.S. No. 1 consists of stalks or portions of stalks of broccoli (see §51.427) which are fresh, tender, and have good characteristic color and compact heads, are well trimmed and which are free from decay and cull material, and are free from damage caused by discoloration, freezing, hollow stem or pithiness, scars, dirt or other foreign material, disease, insects or mechanical or other means.
a. Unless otherwise specified, the length shall be not more than 6 inches nor less than 4 inches, and the diameter of the stem shall be not less than three-eighths inch (see §51.429).
  1. U.S. No. 2 consists of stalks or portions of stalks of broccoli (see §51.427) which are fresh, tender, and have good characteristic color and fairly compact heads, are fairly well trimmed and which are free from decay and cull material and are free from damage caused by scars, dirt or other foreign material, disease, insects, are free from serious damage caused by discoloration, freezing, hollow stem or pithiness or mechanical or other means.
a. Unless otherwise specified, the length shall be not more than 6 inches nor less than 3 inches, and the diameter of the stem shall be not less than one-fourth inch (see §51.429).

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