Bulk American Cheese Grades and Standards

  1. U.S. Extra Grade shall conform to the following requirements (also see Tables I, II, and III of this section):
a. Flavor. Shall be pleasing and characteristic of the variety and type of cheese. For detailed specifications and classification of flavor characteristics, see Table I.
b. Body and texture. A sample drawn from the cheese shall be firm and sufficiently compact to draw a plug for examination. For detailed specifications and classification of body and texture characteristics, see Table II.
c. Finish and appearance. For detailed specifications and classification of finish and appearance characteristics, see Table III.
  1. U.S. Standard grade shall conform to the following requirements (also see Tables I, II, and III of this section):
a. Flavor. Shall be pleasing but may possess certain flavor defects to a limited degree. For detailed specifications and classification of flavor characteristics, see Table I of this section.
b. Body and texture. The cheese shall be sufficiently compact to draw a plug for examination; however, it may have large and connecting mechanical openings. In addition to four sweet holes, the plug sample may have scattered yeast holes and other scattered gas holes. For additional detailed specifications and classification of body and texture characteristics, see Table II of this section.
c. Finish and appearance. For detailed specifications and classification of finish and appearance characteristics, see Table III of this section.
  1. U.S. Commercial Grade shall conform to the following requirements (also see Tables I, II, and III of this section):
a. Flavor. May possess certain flavor defects to specified degrees. For detailed specifications and classification of flavor characteristics, see Table I of this section.
b. Body and texture. A plug drawn from the cheese may appear loosely knit with large and connecting mechanical openings. For detailed specifications and classification of body and texture characteristics, see Table II of this section.
c. Finish and appearance. For detailed specifications and classification of finish and appearance characteristics, see Table III of this section.
 
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