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QUALITY STANDARDS

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Criteria and description of grades
According to Agmark standards banana is classified into following classes:
Showing grade designation of banana as per AGMARK standards
Grade
Designation
Grade requirements Grade tolerances
Extra class Bananas shall be of superior quality. They must be characteristics of the variety and/or commercial type. The fingers must be free of defects, with the exception of very slight superficial defects, provided these do not affect the general appearance of the produce, quality, the keeping quality and presentation in the package. 5% by number or weight of
bananas not satisfying the requirements of the grade, but meeting those of for Class I grade or, exceptionally, coming within the tolerances for that class.
Class I Bananas shall 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.
- slight defects in shape and colour;
- slight defects due to rubbing and other superficial defects not exceeding 2 sq.cm. of the total surface area. The defects must not affect the flesh of the fruit.
10% number or weight of bananas not satisfying the requirements of the grade but meeting those of Class II or,
exceptionally, coming within the tolerances of that grade.
Class II This includes bananas which do not qualify for inclusion in the higher classes, but satisfy the  minimum requirements. The following defects may be there, provided the bananas retain their essential characteristics as regards the quality, the keeping quality and presentation.
- defects in shape and colour provided the product remains the normal characteristics of bananas;
- skin defects due to scrapping, scabs, rubbing, blemishes or other causes not exceeding 4 sq.cm. of the total surface area; The defects must not affect the flesh of the fruit
10% by number or weight of bananas not satisfying the requirements of the grade, but meeting the minimum requirements.
Provisions concerning sizing
  • For the purposes of sizing bananas, the length of the fingers is determined along the outside curve from the blossom end to the base of the pedicel where the edible pulp ends and the diameter is defined as the thickness of a transverse section between the lateral faces. The reference fruit for measurement of the length and grade is:
    • - for hands, the median finger on the outer row of the hand,
    • - for clusters, the finger next to the cut section of the hand, on the outer row of the cluster.
  • The minimum length should not be less than 14.0 cm and the minimum grade not less than 2.7cm.
  • For all classes, 10% by number or weight of bananas not satisfying the sizing characteristics, up to a limit of 1 cm for the minimum length of 14 cm.
Export Standards of Cavendish Bananas
Grade Minimum Fruit Length(Cm)
Cavendish Bananas  
Extra Grade 26 +
Grade I 20+
Grade II 16+
Plantains 22+
European Banned AGMARK Standards

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