Canned Field Peas and Canned Black-Eye Peas Grades and Standards

Grades of Canned Field Peas and Canned Black-Eye Peas 

  1. U.S. Grade A or U.S. Fancy is the quality of canned peas that possess similar varietal characteristics; that possess a normal flavor and odor; that are fairly young; that are practically free from defects; that possess at least a fairly good color; and that scores not less than 85 points when scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart.
  2. U.S. Grade C or U.S. Standard is the quality of canned peas that possess similar varietal characteristics; that possess a normal flavor and odor; that possess a fairly good color; that are nearly mature; that are fairly free from defects; and that scores not less than 70 points when scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart.
  3. U.S. Grade D or Substandard is the quality of canned peas that fail to meet the requirements of U.S. Grade C or U.S. Standard.

Detailed standards, Inspection Instructions & Other Resources:

1/ Though not specifically identified in the DALs, MPM-V104 provides instructions for green and wax beans, lima (butter) beans, peas, cowpeas, black-eyed peas, field peas in frozen and canned (fresh and canned dry) styles.  Please refer to the FDA Macro-Analytical Procedures Manual for MPM-V104.