Canned Dried Beans

Canned dried beans is the product prepared from dry mature beans or peas used for canning; but not including soybeans, sweet peas, or early peas. Any safe and suitable ingredients permissible under the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act may be used. The product is prepared by washing, soaking, blanching, cooking, or other processing. It is packed in hermetically sealed containers and sufficiently processed by heat to assure preservation.

  1. U.S. Grade A is the quality of canned dried beans that has the following attributes:
    1. Practically similar varietal characteristics (except mixed type);
    2. At least a reasonably good consistency for the styles of in tomato sauce and in sweetened sauce;
    3. Practically free from defects;
    4. Good character;
    5. Good flavor;
    6. Scores at least 17 points for color; and
    7. Totals not less than 90 points when scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart. 
  2. U.S. Grade B is the quality of canned dried beans that has at least the following attributes:
    1. Reasonably similar varietal characteristics (except mixed type);
    2. Reasonably good consistency for the styles of in tomato sauce and in in sweetened sauce;
    3. Reasonably free from defects;
    4. Reasonably good character;
    5. Reasonably good flavor;
    6. Reasonably good color; and
    7. Totals not less than 80 points when scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart.
  3. Substandard is the quality of canned dried beans that fails to meet the requirements of U.S. Grade B.

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