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Proposed changes to grades and requirements for plums and prunes

This document was part of the public consultation on the Proposed changes to the Canadian Grade Compendium: Volume 2 – Fresh Fruit or Vegetables. Each phase of the consultation will focus on a group of fresh fruit or vegetables and will be open for a 60-day period.

The consultation for Phase 2 ran from December 10, 2021 to February 11, 2022.

Grades and Requirements for Plums and Prunes

Application

75. The grades and requirements set out in sections 76 to 79 apply to plums and prunes of varieties grown from Prunus domestica, Prunus insititia or Prunus salicina and their hybrids.

Grades and Grade Names

76. The grades and grade names for plums and prunes are Canada No. 1 and Canada Domestic.

Requirements for All Grades

77. In addition to the requirements for each grade and subject to the general tolerances set out in section 80, plums and prunes of all grades must

Canada No. 1 Grade Requirements

78. (1) The following definitions apply in this section.

"Italian type", with respect to prunes, means prunes that are "free-stone". (du type italien)

"of good colour", with respect to plums and prunes, means that

(2) In addition to meeting the requirements for all grades set out in section 77, plums and prunes graded Canada No. 1

Table of Diameter Size Requirements for Plum and Prune Varieties
Item Column 1
Variety
Column 2
Minimum diameter
1. Burbank, Ozark, Premier, Vanier 41 mm (1 ⅝ inches)
2. Shiro 38 mm (1 ½ inches)
3. Bradshaw, Early Golden, all varieties commonly known as Early Blues 32 mm (1 ¼ inches)
4. All prune type varieties 25 mm (1 inch)
5. All other varieties Characteristic of the variety when mature

Canada Domestic Grade Requirements

79. (1) The following definitions apply in this section.

"Italian type" has the same meaning as in subsection 78(1). (du type italien)

"of fair colour", with respect to plums and prunes, means that

(2) In addition to meeting the requirements for all grades set out in section 77, plums and prunes graded Canada Domestic must

General Tolerances

80. (1) In the grading of plums and prunes, the requirements set out in sections 78 and 79, as applicable, are considered to be met if

(2) Condition defects apply against the grade of a lot of plums or prunes only when the lot is inspected at the time of shipping or repackaging.

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