Shelled Pistachio Nut Grades and Standards

Grades of Shelled Pistachio Nut

  1. U.S. Fancy, U.S. Extra No. 1, and U.S. No. 1 consists of pistachio kernels which meet the following requirements:
    1. Well dried, or very well dried when specified in connection with the grade.
    2. Free from:
      1. Foreign material, including in-shell nuts, shells, or shell fragments.
    3. Free from damage by:
      1. Immature kernels;
      2. Kernel spotting; and
      3. Other defects.
    4. Free from serious damage by:
      1. Mold;
      2. Minor insect or vertebrate injury;
      3. Insect damage;
      4. Rancidity;
      5. Decay; and,
      6. Other defects.
    5. Unless otherwise specified, kernels shall meet the size classification of Jumbo Whole Kernels (See §51.2559).

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