Plums shall be of superior quality. They must have the shape, development and colouring typical of the variety. They must be
– free from defects;
– practically covered by bloom, according to the variety ;
– of firm flesh.
5% by number or weight of Plums not satisfying the requirements of the grade, but meeting those of Class I grade or, exceptionally, coming within the tolerances for that class.
Plums must be of good quality. They must be characteristics of the variety and/or commercial type. The following slight defects of the fingers, however, may be allowed, provided these do not affect the general appearance of the produce, quality, the keeping quality and presentation in the package.
– a slight defect in shape,
– a slight defect in colouring;
– a slight defect in development;
– skin defects of elongated shape that must not exceed in length one-third of the maximum diameter of the fruit;
– other skin defect, of which total area affected must not exceed 5% of the whole surface;
– the stem may be damaged or
missing, provided that there is no risk of the fruit rotting in
10% by number or weight of Plums not satisfying the requirements of the grade, but meeting those of Class II grade or, exceptionally, coming within the tolerances of that grade.
Plums which do not qualify for inclusion in the higher classes, but satisfy the minimum requirements.
– defects in shape, development and colouring are allowed provided that the plums retain their characteristics.
– skin defects not liable to impair the external appearance of the fruits or its keeping quality are allowed provided that they do not exceed 10% of the whole surface.
10% by number or weight of Plums not satisfying the requirements for the class but meeting the minimum requirements.
- sound, fresh in appearance;
- clean, free of any visible foreign matter;
- free from damage caused by pests;
- free of abnormal external moisture;
- free of any foreign smell and/or taste;