GRADES & GOOD ARRIVAL
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 USDA or 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.
• Tolerance for decay affecting the walls and calyxes is 2%, while decay affecting the stems is scored against the 5% tolerance for serious damage
• Black discoloration affecting the blossom end of the pepper is not scored as a defect
• Silvery white discoloration is scored as a defect when affecting more than 10% of the surface.
Source: Tom Yawman, International Produce Training, www.ipt.us.com.