The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service has issued a final rule that, effective March 1, will relax the minimum size and uniformity requirements for all varieties of Actinidia chinensis species kiwifruit, which is commonly known as golden kiwifruit, regulated under the relevant marketing order.

Specifically, this rule revises the minimum size requirement for such fruit from size 45 (maximum of 55 pieces per eight-pound sample) to size 49 (maximum of 64 pieces per eight-pound sample). It also exempts such fruit from the requirement that fruit packed in a container be fairly uniform in size.

This rule is issued under section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937, which provides that whenever certain specified commodities, including kiwifruit, are regulated under a federal marketing order, imports of these commodities into the U.S. are prohibited unless they meet the same or comparable grade, size, quality, or maturity requirements as those in effect for domestically produced commodities.

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