Grades of Canned Asparagus
U.S. Grade A or U.S. Fancy is the quality of canned asparagus that possesses a good flavor; that possesses a clear liquor; that possesses a good color; that is practically free from defects; that possesses a good character; and that for those factors which are scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this section the total score is not less than 85 points: Provided, that the canned asparagus may possess a fairly clear liquor and a fairly good color if the total score is no less than 85 points.
U.S. Grade C or U.S. Standard is the quality of canned asparagus that possesses a fairly good flavor; that possesses a fairly clear liquor; that possesses a fairly good color; that is fairly free from defects; that possesses a fairly good character; and that scores not less than 70 points when scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this section.
- Substandard is the quality of canned asparagus that fails to meet the requirements of U.S. Grade C or U.S. Standard.
Detailed standards, Inspection Instructions & Other Resources:
- U.S. Grade Standards for Canned Asparagus (pdf)
- Inspection Instructions for Canned Asparagus (pdf)
- Foreign Material Manual (pdf)
- U.S. Standards for Determination by Fill Weights (pdf)
- FDA Food Defect Action Level
- A-459 Harmless Extraneous Material (HEM) in Canned Asparagus, June 1975
- A-530 Evaluating Flavor in Specialty Packs of Processed Products, November 2009
- FV-364-6 Score Sheet for Canned Asparagus
- March 1974 – pages 19, 20, 21, 22, 29, 30;
- January 1977 – pages 31, and 32.