Tomato Grades and Standards

Grades of Tomatoes

  1. U.S. No. 1 consists of tomatoes which meet the following requirements:
a. Basic requirements:
1. Similar varietal characteristics;
2. Mature;
3. Not overripe or soft;
4. Clean;
5. Well developed;
6. Fairly well formed; and,
7. Fairly smooth.
b. Free from:
1. Decay;
2. Freezing injury; and
3. Sunscald.
c. Not damaged by any other cause.
d. For tolerances see §51.1861.
  1. U.S. Combination consists of a combination of U.S. No. 1 and U.S. No. 2 tomatoes: Provided, That at least 60 percent, by count, meet the requirements of U.S. No. 1 grade.

a. For tolerances see §51.1861.
  1. U.S. No. 2 consists of tomatoes which meet the following requirements:

a. Basic requirements:
1. Similar varietal characteristics;
2. Mature;
3. Not overripe or soft;
4. Clean;
5. Well developed;
6. Reasonably well formed; and,
7. Not more than slightly rough.
b. Free from:
1. Decay;
2. Freezing injury; and,
3. Sunscald.
c. Not seriously damaged by any other cause.
d. For tolerances see §51.1861.
  1. U.S. No. 3 consists of tomatoes which meet the following requirements:

a. Basic requirements:
1. Similar varietal characteristics;
2. Mature;
3. Not overripe or soft;
4. Clean;
5. Well developed; and,
6. May be misshapen.
b. Free from:
1. Decay; and,
2. Freezing injury.
c. Not seriously damaged by:
1. Sunscald.
d. Not very seriously damaged by any other cause.
e. For tolerances see §51.1861.

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