U.S. Code of Federal Regulations

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§ 915.332 - Florida avocado maturity regulation.

(a) No handler shall handle any variety of avocados, except Hass, Fuerte, Zutano, and Edranol, grown in the production area unless:

(1) Any portion of the skin of the individual avocados has changed to the color normal for that fruit when mature for those varieties which normally change color to any shade of red or purple when mature, except for the Linda variety; or

(2) Such avocados meet the minimum weight or diameter requirements for the Monday nearest each date specified, through the Sunday immediately prior to the nearest Monday of the specified date in the next column, for each variety listed in the following table I: Provided, that avocados may not be handled prior to the earliest date specified in column A of such table for the respective variety; Provided further, There are no restrictions on size or weight on or after the date specified in column D; Provided further, That up to a total of 10 percent, by count to the individual fruit in each lot may weigh less than the minimum specified or be less than the specified diameter, except that no such avocados shall be over 2 ounces lighter than the minimum weight specified for the variety: Provided further, That up to double such tolerance shall be permitted for fruit in an individual container in a lot.

Table I

Variety A date Min. wt. Min. diam. B date Min. wt. Min. diam. C date Min. wt. Min. diam. D date
Dr. Dupuis #25-30163 7/166-13143 5/167-04123 2/167-18
Simmons6-20163 9/167-04143 7/167-18123 1/168-01
Pollock6-20183 11/167-04163 7/167-18143 4/168-01
Hardee6-27163 2/167-04142 14/167-11127-25
Nadir6-27143 3/167-04123 1/167-11102 14/167-18
Ruehle7-04183 11/167-11
7-18
16
14
3 9/16
3 7/16
8-01
8-08
12
10
3 5/16
3 3/16
8-15
Bernecker7-18183 6/168-01163 5/168-15143 4/168-29
Miguel (P)7-18223 13/168-01203 12/168-15183 10/168-29
Nesbitt7-18223 12/168-01163 5/168-08143 3/168-22
Tonnage8-01163 6/168-15143 4/168-22123 0/168-29
Waldin8-01163 9/168-15143 7/168-29123 4/169-12
Tower II8-01143 6/168-15123 4/168-29103 2/169-05
Beta8-08183 8/168-15163 5/168-29143 3/169-05
Lisa (P)8-08123 2/168-151138-22
Black Prince8-15284 1/168-29233 14/169-12163 9/1610-03
Loretta8-22304 3/169-05263 15/169-19223 12/169-26
Booth 88-29163 9/169-12143 6/169-26
10-10
12
10
3 3/16
3 1/16
10-24
Booth 78-29183 13/169-12163 10/169-26143 8/1610-10
Booth 59-05143 9/169-19123 6/1610-03
Choquette9-26284 4/1610-10244 1/1610-24203 14/1611-7
Hall9-26263 14/1610-10203 9/1610-24183 8/1611-07
Lula10-03183 11/1610-10143 6/1610-31123 3/1611-14
Monroe11-07264 3/1611-21244 1/1612-05
12-19
20
16
3 14/16
3 9/16
1-02
Arue5-16165-30143 3/166-20127-04
Donnie5-23163 5/166-06143 4/166-20127-04
Fuchs6-06143 3/166-20123 0/167-04
K-56-13183 5/166-27143 3/167-11
West Indian Seedling 16-20187-18168-22149-19
Gorham7-04294 5/167-18274 3/168-15
Biondo7-11138-15
Petersen7-11143 8/167-18123 5/167-25103 2/168-08
2327-18148-01128-15
Pinelli7-18183 12/168-01163 10/168-15
Trapp7-18143 10/168-01123 7/168-15
K-98-01168-22
Christina8-01112 14/168-22
Catalina8-15248-29229-19
Blair8-29163 8/169-12143 5/1610-03
Guatemalan Seedling 29-051510-031312-05
Marcus9-05324 12/169/19244 5/1610-31
Brooks 19789-05123 4/169-12103 1/169-1982 14/1610-10
Rue9-12304 3/169-19243 15/1610-03183 9/1610-17
Collinson9-12163 10/1610-10
Hickson9-12123 1/169-26103 0/1610-10
Simpson9-19163 9/1610-10
Chica9-19123 7/1610-03103 4/1610-17
Leona9-26183 10/1610-031610-10
Melendez9-26263 14/1610-10223 11/1610-24183 7/1611-07
Herman10-03163 9/1610-17143 6/1610-31
Pinkerton (CP)10-03133 3/1610-17113 0/1610-31911-14
Taylor10-10143 5/1610-24123 2/1611-07
Ajax (B-7)10-10183 14/1610-31
Booth 310-10163 8/1610-17143 6/1610-31
Semil 3410-17183 10/1610-31163 8/1611-14143 5/1611-28
Semil 4310-24183 10/1611-7163 8/1611-21143 5/1612-05
Booth 111-14163 12/1611-28123 6/1612-12
Zio (P)11-14123 1/1611-28102 14/1612-12
Gossman11-28113 1/1612-26
Brookslate12-05183 13/1612-12163 10/161-02123 5/161-30
12-19143 8/161-1610
Meya (P)12-12133 2/1612-26113 0/161-09
Reed (CP)12-12123 4/1612-26103 3/161-0993 0/161-23

1 Avocados of the West Indian type varieties and seedlings not listed elsewhere in table I.

2 Avocados of the Guatemalan type varieties and seedlings, hybrid varieties and seedlings, and unidentified seedlings not listed elsewhere in table I.

(3) Avocados which fail to meet the maturity requirements specified in this section must be maintained under the supervision of the Federal or Federal-State Inspection Service using the Positive Lot Identification program, and when presented for reinspection, must meet the maturity requirements which correspond to the date of the original inspection.

(4) The requirements listed in table I of this section are in effect annually from April 16 through April 15 of the following year, with an exception for the requirements for Guatemalan seedling which are in effect annually from June 9 to June 8 of the following year.

(b) The term diameter means the greatest dimension measured at a right angle to a straight line from the stem to the blossom end of the fruit.

[59 FR 30869, June 16, 1994, as amended at 64 FR 53185, Oct. 1, 1999; 71 FR 11294, Mar. 7, 2006; 73 FR 26945, May 12, 2008; 79 FR 55353, Sept. 16, 2014; 87 FR 8143, Feb. 14, 2022]