Frozen Cranberries Grades and Standards

Grades of Frozen Cranberries

  1. U.S. Grade A or U.S. Fancy is the quality of frozen cranberries that:

a.    Possess a good color;
b.    Are practically free from defects;
c.    Possess a good character;
d.    Possess a normal flavor and odor;
e.    Are of similar varietal characteristics;
f.    Have no grit or silt present that affects the appearance or edibility of the product; and
g.    Score not less than 90 points when scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart.
 
Frozen cranberries of this grade may contain not more than 5 percent, by count, of berries that are less than thirteen thirty-seconds of an inch in diameter.

  1. U.S. Grade B or U.S. Choice is the quality of frozen cranberries that:

a.    Possess a reasonably good color;
b.    Are reasonably free from defects;
c.    Possess a reasonably good character;
d.    Possess a normal flavor and odor;
e.    Are of similar varietal characteristics;
f.    Have no grit or silt present that affects the appearance or edibility of the product; and
g.    Score not less than 80 points when scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart.

Frozen cranberries of this grade may contain not more than 5 percent, by count, of berries that are less than nine thirty-seconds of an inch in diameter.

  1. U.S. Grade C or U.S. Standard is the quality of frozen cranberries that:

a.    Possess a fairly good color;
b.    Are fairly free from defects;
c.    Possess a fairly good character;
d.    Possess a normal flavor and odor;
e.    Have not more than a trace of grit or silt present that slightly affects the appearance or edibility of the product; and
f.    Score not less than 70 points when scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart.

  1. Substandard is the quality of frozen cranberries that fail to meet the requirements of U.S. Grade C.

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