Tomatoes for Processing Grades and Standards

  1. Category A consists of tomatoes which meet the following requirements:
a. Basic requirements:
1. Firm; and,
2. Color:
i. Electronic color determination shall be as specified in §51.3317; or
ii. Visual color analysis shall be as specified in §51.3317.
b. Free from:
1. Any worm attached;
2. Worm injury;
3. Freezing;
4. Stems over 1 inch in length;
5. Mechanical damage when more than one locule is exposed or when causing a loss of more than 10 percent by weight, of the tomato;
6. Mold or decay; and,
7. Any other defect or combination of defects, the removal of which in the preparation for processing causes a loss of more than 10 percent, by weight, of the tomato.
2. Category B consists of tomatoes which meet the following requirements:
a. Basic requirements:
1. Fairly firm; and,
2. Color:
i. Electronic color determination shall be as specified in §51.3317; or
ii. Visual color analysis shall be as specified in §51.3317.
b. Free from:
1. Any worm attached;
2. Worm injury;
3. Freezing;
4. Stems over 3 inches in length;
5. Mechanical damage when more than two locules are exposed or when causing a loss of more than 20 percent by weight, of the tomato;
6. Mold or decay; and,
7. Any other defect or combination of defects, the removal of which in the preparation for processing causes a loss of more than 20 percent, by weight, of the tomato.
  1. Category C consists of tomatoes which meet the following requirements:
a. Basic requirements:
1. Fairly firm; and,
2. Color:
i. Electronic color determination shall be as specified in §51.3317; or
ii. Visual color analysis shall be as specified in §51.3317.
b. Free from:
1. Any worm attached;
2. Worm injury;
3. Freezing;
4. Stems over 3 inches in length;
5. Anthracnose when more than two spots or aggregating more than a circle three-eights inch in diameter; and,
6. Other mold or decay, or a combination of other defects including mold or decay, the removal of which in the preparation for processing causes a loss of more than 20 percent, by weight, of the individual tomato; including therein not more than 10 percent resulting from mold or decay.

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