Quality / Standards and Regulations
The United States Department of Agriculture establishes grade standards and provides inspection services for many fresh fruits and vegetables. Grading is not required by federal regulations unless the commodity is controlled by a marketing order. At this time, no fresh fruit or vegetable grown in Indiana is governed by a marketing order.
Even though not mandated by the government, produce buyers often require sellers to grade produce according to USDA standards. The grade standards are available free on-line at www.ams.usda.gov, or copies of standards may be requested from:
Alexia Hurdakis – USDA, AMS, F&V Programs
Phone: (650) 552-9073
For commodities covered on this web site, links to the standards are provided below. (Acrobat Reader software is required to view the documents.)
USDA, AMS, Fruit and Vegetable Programs
Hours: 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Inspection offices for other states are listed on-line at http://www.ams.usda.gov.
Content author: E. Maynard, 2002. Content last modified: March 2011.