Docket Number: AMS-FV-13-0032
Effective: March 7, 2014
The Department of Agriculture (USDA) is adopting, as a final rule, without change, an interim rule that relaxed the minimum grade requirement under the marketing order for kiwifruit grown in California (order), and for kiwifruit imported into the United States that are shipped to the fresh market, by increasing the tolerance of kiwifruit which is “badly misshapen” from 7 percent to 16 percent. This change is intended to facilitate the packing of fruit to meet the minimum grade requirement of “KAC No. 1,” and reduce costs associated with re-sorting and repacking this grade of fruit.
Kathie Notoro, Marketing Specialist, or Martin Engeler, Regional Director
California Marketing Field Office, Marketing Order and Agreement Division
Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA
Telephone: (559) 487-5901
Fax: (559) 487-5906