United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service Fruit and Vegetable Division Fresh Products Branch
United States Standards for Grades of Honey Dew and Honey Ball Type MelonsEffective April 1, 1967
(Reprinted - January 1997)
United States Standards for Grades of Honey Dew and Honey Ball Type Melons1
Grades 51.3740 U.S. No. 1. 51.3741 U.S. Commercial. 51.3742U.S. No. 2. Unclassified 51.3743 Unclassified. Tolerances 51.3744 Tolerances. Application of Tolerances 51.3745 Application of tolerances. Definitions 51.3746 Mature. 51.3747 Well formed. 51.3748Damage. 51.3749 Serious damage. Grades §51.3740 U.S. No. 1. "U.S. No. 1" consists of honey dew or honey ball type melons which are mature, firm, well formed, which are free from decay, and free from damagecaused by dirt, aphis stain, rust spots, bruises, cracks, broken skin, sunscald, sunburn, hail, moisture, insects, disease, or other means. (See §51.3744.) §51.3741 U.S. Commercial. "U.S. Commercial"consists of honey dew or honey ball type melons which meet the requirements of U.S. No. 1 grade except for the increased tolerances for defects. (See §51.3744.) §51.3742 U.S. No. 2. "U.S. No. 2"consists of honey dew or honey ball type melons which are mature, firm, fairly well formed, free from decay and free from serious damage by any cause. (See §51.3744.) Unclassified §51.3743 Unclassified."Unclassified" consists of melons which have not been classified in accordance with any of the foregoing grades. The term "unclassified" is not a grade within the meaning of these standards but isprovided as a designation to show that no grade has been applied to the lot. Tolerances §51.3744 Tolerances.
Compliance with the provisions of these standards shall not excuse failure to comply withthe provisions of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, or with applicable State laws and regulations.
In order to allow for variations incident to proper grading and handling in each...
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