Melon balls are spheres of melon flesh prepared from suitable varieties of sound, fresh Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo) melons and/or sound, fresh Honey Dew (indorus) melons to which melon balls prepare from sound, fresh melons of a definitely different but suitable variety may be added. The balls are prepared and washed in a manner to assure a clean and wholesome product. They are properly drained before filling into containers; may include a suitable fruit and/or vegetable garnish; may be packed with the addition of nutritive or nonnutritive sweetening ingredient(s) including sirup and any other ingredient permissible under the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act; and are prepared and frozen in accordance with good commercial practice an maintained at temperatures necessary for the preservation of the product.
Grades of Frozen Melon Balls
- U.S. Grade A or U.S. Fancy is the quality of frozen melon balls that:
a. Possess a good flavor and odor;
b. Have good color;
c. Are practically uniform in size and shape;
d. Are practically free from defects;
e. Have good character; and
f. Score not less than 90 points when scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart.
- U.S. Grade B or U.S. Choice is the quality of frozen melon balls that:
a. Possess a reasonably good flavor and odor;
b. Have reasonably good color;
c. Are reasonably uniform in size and shape;
d. Are reasonably free from defects;
e. Have reasonably good character; and
f. Score not less than 80 points when scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart.
- Substandard is the quality of frozen melon balls that fails the requirements of U.S. Grade B.