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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.

U.S. Grade Standards Days Since Shipment % of Defects Allowed Optimum Transit Temp. (°F)
10-5-2 5
4
3
2
1
15-8-4
14-8-4
13-7-3
12-6-2
10-5-2
45-55°

There are no good arrival guidelines for this commodity specific to Canada; U.S. guidelines apply to shipments unless otherwise agreed by contract.

INSPECTOR’S INSIGHTS

• 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.

 

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