Concentrated Tomato Juice Grades and Standards

Grades of Concentrated Tomato Juice

  1. U.S. Grade A or U.S. Fancy is the quality of concentrated tomato juice that, when properly reconstituted, has a good color; has a good consistency; is practically free from defects; has a good flavor; and scores not less than 85 points when scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart: Provided, That the reconstituted tomato juice may have only a fairly good color, scoring not less than 25 points and a fairly good consistency, if the total score is not less than 85 points.
  2. U.S. Grade C or U.S. Standard is the quality of concentrated tomato juice that, when properly reconstituted, has a fairly good color; has a fairly good consistency; is fairly free from defects; has a fairly good flavor; and scores not less than 70 points when scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart.

  3. Substandard is the quality of concentrated tomato juice that fails to meet the requirements of U.S. Grade C.

Color Standards

Color Standards for Tomato Products are available for Purchase.  See How to Purchase Visual Aids for more details.

Detailed standards, Inspection Instructions & Other Resources:

Instructions for Use and Care of the Visual Color Standards for Tomato Products, including additional technical guidance is found in the Fresh and Processed Equipment Catalog (pdf).  Look in the Processed Fruits, Vegetables, and Specialty Products section on Care and Use Guides.