U.S. Standards: Grades of Apples

Docket Number: AMS-SC-18-0055
Comments Due: July 5, 2019


The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) of the Department of Agriculture (USDA) proposes to revise the U.S. Standards for Grades of Apples by removing smooth net-like russeting as a grade-determining factor in the U.S. Extra Fancy, U.S. Fancy, and U.S. No. 1 grades for Fuji apples. In addition, AMS proposes to remove obsolete references to the location where color standards may be examined and purchased. The changes will modernize the standards and meet growing consumer demand by providing greater marketing flexibility.

Submit Comments

Interested persons are invited to submit written comments to the USDA, Specialty Crops Inspection Division, 100 Riverside Parkway, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22406; fax: (540) 361-1199, or at: www.regulations.gov. Comments should reference the dates and page number of this issue of the Federal Register. Comments will be posted without change, including any personal information provided. All comments received within the comment period will become part of the public record maintained by the Agency, and will be made available to the public via www.regulations.gov and at the above address during regular business hours.


Contact David G. Horner at the address above, or at phone (540) 361-1120; fax (540) 361-1199; or, email Dave.Horner@ams.usda.gov. Copies of the proposed U.S. Standards for Grades of Apples are available at http://www.regulations.gov. Copies of the current U.S. Standards for Apples are available on the AMS website

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