Canned Blackberries Grades and Standards

Grades of Canned Blackberries

  1. U.S. Grade A or U.S. Fancy is the quality of canned berries that possess similar varietal characteristics; that possess a good color; that are practically uniform in size; that are practically free from defects; that possess good character; that posses a normal flavor and odor; and that for those factors which are scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart, the total score is not less than 90 points: Provided, that the canned berries may possess a reasonably good color and may be reasonably uniform in size if the total score is not less than 90 points.

  2. U.S. Grade B or U.S. Choice is the quality of canned berries that possess similar varietal characteristics; that possess a reasonably good color; that are reasonably uniform in size; that are reasonably free from defects; that possess reasonably good character; that possess a normal flavor and odor; and that for those factors which are scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart the total score is not less than 80 points: Provided, that the canned berries may be fairly uniform in size if the total score is not less than 80 points.

  3. U.S. Grade C or U.S. Standard is the quality of canned berries that possess similar varietal characteristics; that possess a fairly good color; that may be fairly uniform in size; that are fairly free from defects; that possess a fairly good character; that possess a normal flavor and odor; and that when scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart, the total score is not less than 70 points.

  4. Substandard is the quality of canned berries that fail to meet the requirements of U.S. Grade C or U.S. Standard.

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