Frozen Broccoli Grades and Standards

  1. U.S. Grade A is the quality of frozen broccoli that:
a. Meets the following prerequisites in which the broccoli:
1. Has similar varietal characteristics;
2. Has a good flavor and odor;
3. Is practically free from grit and silt;
4. Has a good overall brightness; and
5. In the styles of cut, chopped, and pieces, the individual buds are at least reasonably well developed.
b. Is within the limits for defects as classified in Table V and specified in Tables VI, VII, or VIII, as applicable for the style.  
  1. U.S. Grade B is the quality of frozen broccoli that:

a. Meets the following prerequisites in which the broccoli:
1. Has similar varietal characteristics;
2. Has at least a fairly good flavor and odor;
3. Has no more than a trace of grit and silt;
4. Has at least a reasonably good overall brightness which may be slightly dull; and 
5. In the styles of cut, chopped, and pieces, the individual buds may be poorly developed if they do not materially affect the appearance of the product.
b. Is within the limits for defects as classified in Table V and specified in Tables VI, VII, or VIII, as applicable for the style..
  1. Substandard is the quality of frozen broccoli that fails to meet the requirements of U.S. Grade B.

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