The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Processed Products Division offers a variety of resources that may be used to establish the quality of processed fruit, vegetables, and other related products. These resources broadly consist of the documents listed below. Voluntary U.S. grade standards are issued under the authority of the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946, which provides for the development of official U.S. grades to designate different levels of quality. These grade standards are available for use by producers, suppliers, buyers, and consumers. As in the case of other standards for grades of processed fruits and vegetables, these standards are designed to facilitate orderly marketing by providing a convenient basis for buying and selling, for establishing quality control programs, and for determining loan values. USDA photo.
April 28, 2014
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