Comments on: Oranges- Sooty Mold http://www.ipt.us.com/produce-inspection-resources/inspectors-blog/uncategorized/oranges-sooty-mold Just another WordPress site Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:27:50 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 By: tyawman http://www.ipt.us.com/produce-inspection-resources/inspectors-blog/uncategorized/oranges-sooty-mold#comment-314647 Fri, 18 Oct 2019 14:27:50 +0000 http://www.ipt.us.com/?p=3460#comment-314647 Brian, thanks for your comment. Yes, you are correct the USDA does have a scoring guideline but the US Grade Standards do not. Whenever the USDA’s Inspection Instructions offer a scoring guideline while the Grade Standard does not that means a person in USDA’s HQ makes up a scoring guideline, with zero input from the Industry itself. Inspection Instruction guidelines can be changed at any time, even immediately, while Grade Standards have to undergo a review and comment process. My point was it may be time for someone in the USDA look into this arbitrary scoring guideline, as the class of twenty industry attendees and myself felt the scoring guideline is very lenient.

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By: brian jones http://www.ipt.us.com/produce-inspection-resources/inspectors-blog/uncategorized/oranges-sooty-mold#comment-314638 Fri, 18 Oct 2019 12:30:29 +0000 http://www.ipt.us.com/?p=3460#comment-314638 The USDA does have a scoring guideline for sooty mold it is as follows. Injury when more than slightly affecting the appearance of the fruit. Damage is scored when more than 5/8 of a inch, Serious Damage when more than 3/4 of a inch. Scoring guide is based off a 2-7/8 inch diameter orange you will have to allow greater/less areas of mold for smaller or larger fruit depending on your situation.

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