United States Standards for Grades of Frozen Onions

Grades of Frozen Onions

  1. U.S. Grade A is the quality of frozen onions that meet the following requirements:
    1. Similar varietal characteristics except color, when designated as specialty or mixed pack;
    2. Has a normal flavor and odor;
    3. Has good color;
    4. Has a good appearance;
    5. Has no grit or dirt present that affects the appearance or edibility of the product; and
    6. Is within the limits for defects as specified in Tables I and II of this subpart as applicable for the styles in §52.4078.
  2. U.S. Grade B is the quality of frozen onions that meet the following requirements:
    1. Similar varietal characteristics except color, when designated as specialty or mixed pack;
    2. Has a normal flavor and odor;
    3. Has a reasonably good color;
    4. Has a reasonably good appearance;
    5. Has no grit or dirt present that affects the appearance or edibility of the product; and
    6. Is within the limits for defects as specified in Tables I and II of this subpart as applicable for the styles in §52.4078.
  3. Substandard is the quality of frozen onions that fail to meet the requirements of U.S. Grade B.

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