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Rule Title: MONTANA CONSUMER GRADES AND WEIGHT CLASSES FOR SHELL EGGS
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Department: LIVESTOCK, DEPARTMENT OF
Chapter: EGGS
Subchapter: Grades And Weight Classes For Shell Eggs In Lot Quantities
 
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32.12.502    MONTANA CONSUMER GRADES AND WEIGHT CLASSES FOR SHELL EGGS

(1) Grades.

(a) Fresh fancy quality shall consist of eggs meeting the requirements as set forth in ARM 32.12.301 and 32.12.302.

(b) Montana grade AA.

(i) Montana consumer grade AA at origin must consist of eggs which are 85% AA quality. Within the maximum tolerance of 15% which may be below AA quality, not more than 5% may be B quality, C quality or checks in any combination. No dirties or loss eggs are permitted. This grade is also applicable when the lot consists of eggs meeting the requirements set forth in ARM 32.12.301 and 32.12.302.

(ii) Montana consumer grade AA at destination must consist of eggs which are 80% AA quality. Within the maximum tolerance of 20% which may be below AA quality, not more than 5% may be B quality, C quality or checks in any combination, and not more than 0.5% leakers or dirties in any combination. This grade is also applicable when the lot consists of eggs meeting the requirements set forth in ARM 32.12.301 and 32.12.302.

(c) Montana grade A.

(i) Montana consumer grade A at origin must consist of eggs which are 85% A quality or better. Within the maximum tolerance of 15% which may be below A quality, not more than 5% may be C quality or checks in any combination. No dirties or loss eggs are permitted. This grade is also applicable when the lot consists of eggs meeting the requirements set forth in ARM 32.12.303.

(ii) Montana consumer grade A at destination must consist of eggs which are 80% A quality or better. Within the maximum tolerance of 20% which may be below A quality, not more than 5% may be C quality or checks in any combination, and not more than 0.5% leakers or dirties in any combination. This grade is also applicable when the lot consists of eggs meeting the requirements set forth in ARM 32.12.303.

(d) Montana grade B.

(i) Montana consumer grade B at origin must consist of eggs which are 85% B quality or better. Within the maximum tolerance of 15% which may be below B quality, not more than 10% may be checks. No dirties or loss eggs are permitted.

(ii) Montana consumer grade B at destination must consist of eggs which are 80% B quality or better. Within the maximum tolerance of 20% which may be below B quality, not more than 10% may be checks and not more than 0.5% leakers or dirties in combination.

(e) Additional tolerances.

(i) In lots of two or more cases:

(A) For grade AA. No individual case may exceed 10% less AA quality eggs than the minimum permitted for the lot average.

(B) For grade A. No individual case may exceed 10% less A quality eggs than the minimum permitted for the lot average. For grade B. No individual case may exceed 10% less B quality eggs than the minimum permitted for the lot average.

(ii) In lots of 2 or more cartons, no individual carton may contain less than 8 eggs of the specified quality and no individual carton may contain less than 10 eggs of the specified quality and the next lower quality. The remaining 2 eggs may consist of a combination of qualities below the next lower quality (i.e., in lots of grade A, not more than 2 eggs of the qualities in individual cartons within the sample may be C or checks.)

(2) Weight classes.

(a) The Montana consumer grades and weight classes for shell eggs are as indicated in the following table and shall apply to all consumer grades.

MONTANA CONSUMER GRADES AND WEIGHT CLASSES FOR SHELL EGGS

SIZE OR WEIGHT CLASS MINIMUM NET WEIGHT PER DOZEN MINIMUM NET WEIGHT PER 30 DOZEN MINIMUM WEIGHT FOR INDIVIDUAL EGGS AT RATE PER DOZEN

(Ounces)

(Pounds)

(Ounces)

Jumbo.................

30............

56......

29.........

Extra Large........

27..............

50 1/2....

26........

Large..................

24 ............

45 .....

23........

Medium...............

21 ............

39 1/2....

20........

Small...................

18 ............

34 .....

17........

Peewee..............

15 ............

28 .....

--........

(b) A lot average tolerance of 3.3% for individual eggs in the next lower weight class is permitted as long as no individual case within the lot exceeds 5%.

History: Sec. 81-20-207 MCA; IMP, Sec. 81-20-207 MCA; Eff. 12/31/72.


 

 
MAR Notices Effective From Effective To History Notes
12/31/1972 Current History: Sec. 81-20-207 MCA; IMP, Sec. 81-20-207 MCA; Eff. 12/31/72.
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