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Frozen cranberries is the product prepared from the sound, mature berries of the commonly cultivated cranberry plant. The product is prepared by sorting and cleaning to assure a wholesome product. The prepared product is frozen and stored at temperatures necessary for preservation.

§ 52.6282 Grades of frozen cranberries. (a) "U.S. Grade A" or "U.S. Fancy" is the quality of frozen cranberries that: (1) Possess a good color;

(2) Are practically free from defects: (3) Possess a good character; (4) Possess a normal flavor and odor; (5) Are varietal characteristics;

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(6) Have no grit or silt present that affects the appearance or edibility of the product; and

(7) Score not less than 90 points when scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart.

Frozen cranberries of this grade may contain not more than 5 percent, by count, of berries that are less than thirteen thirty-seconds of an inch in diameter.

(b) "U.S. Grade B" or "U.S. Choice" is the quality of frozen cranberries that:

1 Compliance with the provisions of these standards shall not excuse failure to comply with the provisions of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act or with applicable State laws and regulations.

(1) Possess a reasonably good color; (2) Are reasonably free from defects; (3) Possess a reasonably good character;

(4) Possess a normal flavor and odor; (5) Are of similar varietal characteristics;

(6) Have no grit or silt present that affects the appearance or edibility of the product; and

(7) Score not less than 80 points when scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart.

Frozen cranberries of this grade may contain not more than 5 percent, by count, of berries that are less than nine thirty-seconds of an inch in diameter.

(c) "U.S. Grade C" or "U.S. Standard" is the quality of frozen cranberries that:

(1) Possess a fairly good color;
(2) Are fairly free from defects;
(3) Possess a fairly good character;
(4) Possess a normal flavor and odor;

(5) Have not more than a trace of grit or silt present that slightly affects the appearance or edibility of the product; and

(6) Score not less than 70 points when scored in accordance with the scoring system outlined in this subpart.

(d) "Substandard" is the quality of frozen cranberries that fail to meet the requirements of "U.S. Grade C".

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(a) General. The color of frozen cranberries refers to:

(1) The characteristic color, the varying degrees of dark red, red, pink, light pink, tan, yellowish green, and green areas of the outer surface of the individual cranberry; and

(2) The uniformity of the individual sample unit when viewed as a mass.

(b) Definitions. (1) "Well colored" means that 90 percent or more of the surface of the individual cranberry is a pink or red color characteristic of the variety.

(2) "Fairly well colored" means that 75 percent or more of the surface of the individual cranberry is a pink or red color characteristic of the variety.

(3) "Poorly colored" means that less than 75 percent of the surface of the individual cranberry is a pink or red color characteristic of the variety, provided it has some pink or red color.

(4) "Uncolored" means the surface of the individual cranberry is light yellow to light green and possesses no area of pink or red color.

(c) (A) classification. Frozen cranberries that possess a good color may be given a score of 45 to 50 points. "Good color" means that the color falls within the limits specified in table I.

(d) (B) classification. Frozen cranberries that possess a reasonably good color may be given a score of 40 to 44 points. "Reasonably good color" means that the color falls within the limits specified in table I. Frozen cranberries that fall into this classification shall not be graded above U.S. Grade B regardless of the total score for the product (this is a limiting rule).

(e) (C) classification. Frozen cranberries that possess a fairly good color may be given a score of 35 to 39 points. "Fairly good color" means that the color falls within the limits specified in Table I. Frozen cranberries that fall into this classification shall not be graded above U.S. Grade C regardless of the total score for the product (this is a limiting rule).

(f) (SStd) classification. Frozen cranberries that fail to meet the requirements of the (C) classification may be given a score of 0 to 34 points and shall not be graded above Substandard, regardless of the total score for the product (this is a limiting rule).

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(a) General. The factor of defects refers to the degree of freedom from harmless extraneous plant material, fine stems, minor blemishes, and major blemishes, and from any other defects which affect the appearance or edibility of the product.

(b) Definitions. (1) "Harmless extraneous plant material" means material, such as vines and leaves, that is part of the cranberry plant or its immediate environment and that may be reasonably expected to become incorporated in the finished product.

(2) "Minor blemish" means discoloration or damage caused by sunscald, pathological, mechanical, or other means which exceeds in the aggregate the area of a circle one-eighth of an inch in diameter or which slightly affects the appearance or edibility of the individual cranberry, regardless of area.

(3) "Major blemish" means discoloration or damage caused by sunscald, pathological, mechanical, or other means which exceeds in the aggregate the area of a circle one-fourth of an inch in diameter or which materially affects the appearance or edibility of the individual cranberry, regardless of area.

(4) "Fine stem" means a stem that attaches the cranberry to the vine, whether

connected or loose, that is three-fourths of an inch or more in length.

(c) (A) classification. Frozen cranberries that are practically free from defects may be given a score of 27 to 30 points. "Practically free from defects" means that the defects present fall within the limits specified in table II.

(d) (B) classification. Frozen cranberries that are reasonably free from defects may be given a score of 24 to 26 points. "Reasonably free from defects" means that the defects present fall within the limits specified in table II. Frozen cranberries that fall into this classification shall not be graded above U.S. Grade B regardless of the total score for the product (this is a limiting rule).

(e) (C) classification. Frozen cranberries that are fairly free from defects may be given a score of 21 to 23 points. "Fairly free from defects" means that the defects present fall within the limits specified in table II. Frozen cranberries that fall into this classification shall not be graded above U.S. Grade C regardless of the total score for the product (this is a limiting rule).

(f) (SStd) classification. Frozen cranberries that fail to meet the requirements of the (C) classification may be given a score of 0 to 20 points and shall not be graded above Substandard, regardless of of the total score for the product (this is a limiting rule).

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(c) (C) classification. Frozen cranberries that possess fairly good character may be given a score of 14 or 15 points. "Fairly good character" means that the cranberries may be very soft to very firm but not more than 60 cranberries in the sample unit may be mushy or hard. Frozen cranberries that fall into this classification shall not be graded above U.S. Grade C regardless of the total score for the product (this is a limiting rule).

(d) (SStd) classification. Frozen cranberries that fail to meet the requirements of the (C) classification may be given a score of 0 to 13 points and shall not be graded above Substandard regardless of the total score for the product (this is a limiting rule).

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