GOOD ARRIVAL GUIDELINES
Generally speaking, the percentage of defects shown on a timely government inspection certificate should not exceed the percentage of allowable defects, provided: (1) transportation conditions were normal; (2) the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) or Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspection was timely; and (3) the entire lot was inspected.
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There are no good arrival guidelines for this commodity specific to Canada; U.S. guidelines apply to shipments unless otherwise agreed by contract.
References: DRC, PACA, USDA.
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• Limes must have at least 75% of their surface showing a good green color; those not meeting this requirement have blanching, the result of insufficient sunlight during growth
• Yellowing is a free-from condition defect, due to ripening and scored as a serious damage defect
• Stylar-end breakdown usually starts at the end near the base of the nipple or tip of the fruit and appears as a greyish tan, watersoaked spot; it is scored as a free-from defect, as serious damage.
Source: Tom Yawman, International Produce Training, www.ipt.us.com.