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Canadian Grade Compendium: Volume 2 – Fresh Fruit or Vegetables
Fresh Fruit or Vegetable Grades and Requirements


1. The following definition apply in this Volume,

"aggregate area" means an area equivalent to the area of a circle of the diameter specified. (superficie globale)

"condition defect" means any defect that may develop in fresh fruit or vegetables during storage or transit. (défaut d'état)

"decay" means soft, mushy or leaking breakdown of the tissue, from any cause, and commonly known as "soft rot". (pourriture)

"diameter" means the greatest width at right angles to the longitudinal axis. (diamètre)

"miniature vegetable" means a variety of vegetable developed through plant breeding to not exceed a small size when mature but does not include immature or undersize specimens of non-miniature vegetable varieties. (mini-légume)

"permanent defect" means any defect of an unchangeable nature. (défaut permanent)

"properly packaged", in respect of prepackaged fresh fruit or vegetables, means that

  • (a) the fresh fruit or vegetables are packaged in a manner that is not likely to result in damage to the fresh fruit or vegetables during handling or transport, and
  • (b) the container contains not less than the net quantity of fresh fruit or vegetables declared on the label. (convenablement emballés)


2. The grade names and grade requirements for fresh fruit or vegetables are set out in Part 1 Grades Requirements for Fresh Fruit and Part 2 Grade Requirements for Fresh Vegetables (See Volume 9 Import Grade Requirements for grade names used for imported fresh fruit or vegetables).

3. The grade names and grade requirements, referred to in section 2, do not apply to miniature vegetables, except in the case of miniature cucumbers.

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