AFI STANDARD

General Requirements

A. Each shipment to the U.S. shall be of good quality and be stored in accordance with good commercial practice. No live infestation is permitted.

B. The cashews shall be packed in new, clean, dry, leak-proof, lead-free containers with an airtight (hermetic) seal and without internal paper liners. Packaging shall be of sufficient strength to assure the integrity of the product during normal shipment and storage.

The outer container shall be constructed of a new cardboard, free of infestation and visual mold and sealed without staples, unless otherwise specified by the end user. Cartons must be a minimum of 200-pound test, 32 ECT. Only food-grade CO2 is permitted.

C. Only pesticides approved for use on cashews may be used and residues must be within the tolerances set by the government of the importing country. No detectable residue is permitted for any pesticide that is not approved for use on cashews in the importing country. In the United States, the only pesticides approved for use on cashews and the residue limits for those pesticides are as follows: Flutriafol - .02 ppm; Phosphine - .1 ppm. Fumigation with/use of methyl bromide and Naphthalene are prohibited.

D. All cartons shall be clearly marked with the following:

1. Name of the product and trade name or brand name, if any.
2. Name and address of producer or packer.
3. Grade.
4. Net weight.
5. Country of Origin.
6. Buyer’s name or marks.
7. Destination.
8. Other marks agreed to by buyer and seller.

Lot numbers or production codes must be marked legibly on the outside of the cartons, in accordance with the laws of the country of destination.

E. Bill of Lading must list the number of cartons, source of origin, and the marks that are on the cartons.

F. All shipments shall be inspected prior to loading and shall be carried on conveyances suitable for transporting food products in good condition, i.e. free of odors, insect or mold damage, rodent activity, and all other foreign materials.

G. The moisture level of the cashews shall be 3%-5%, as determined by the AOAC reference method.

H. If a roast test is required in a contract, it should be conducted in accordance with Appendix II. (Scrapes)

I. Strong blocking is not permitted. Strong blocking is defined as blocking which cannot be freed other than with the use of external tools.

J. Cashew kernels shall be free of hard or sharp foreign objects and hair.

Quality and Grading

Cashew kernels are classified as: First Quality Fancy; Second Quality Scorched; Lightly Blemished Wholes (LBW), Blemished Wholes (BW), Third Quality Special Scorched; Fourth Quality; and Dessert.

FIRST QUALITY FANCY cashew kernels have a uniform color which may be white, light yellow or pale ivory.

SECOND QUALITY SCORCHED cashew kernels may be yellow, light brown, light ivory, light ash-grey or deep ivory.

THIRD QUALITY SPECIAL SCORCHED cashew kernels may be deep yellow, brown, amber, and light to deep blue. They may be slightly shriveled, immature, light-brown speckled, blemished or otherwise discolored.

FOURTH QUALITY cashew kernels would qualify as First or Second Quality, except that they have pitted spots.

Lightly Blemished Wholes (LBW) cashew kernels may be light brown, light ivory, light ash-grey or deep ivory. Kernels may show light brown speckles or blemishes on the surface, provided that not more than 40 percent of the kernels are affected.

Lightly Blemished Pieces (LP) cashew pieces may be light brown, light ivory, light ash-grey or deep ivory. Pieces may show light brown speckles or blemishes on the surface, provided that not more than 20 percent of the pieces are affected.

Blemished Wholes (BW) cashew kernels may be deep yellow, brown, amber or light to deep blue. Kernels may be slightly shriveled, immature or may be brown speckled or blemished on the surface, provided that not more than 60 percent of the kernels are affected.

DESSERT cashew kernels may be scraped, deeply scorched, shriveled, deep-brown-speckled, black-speckled, blemished or otherwise discolored.

Sizing

Sizing is compulsory in first quality/fancy cashew kernels but is optional for other whole grades.

Size Tolerance: Whole kernels of a lower size grade shall not exceed 10% by weight.

The quantity of broken kernels or pieces in whole kernels shall not exceed 10% by weight.

The quantity of pieces present in butts and splits shall not exceed 10% by weight.

The quantity of the next lower size grade in pieces shall not exceed 5% by weight.

 

Size Designation

Count per Kilo

Count per Pound

180 (or SLW)

266 - 395

140 - 180

210 (or LW)

395 - 465

180 - 210

240

485 - 530 

220-240

320

660 - 706

300 - 320

450

880 - 990

400 - 450

Whole (W)

A cashew kernel is classified as whole if it has the characteristic shape of a cashew kernel and not more than 1/8th of the kernel has been broken off. This grade may also be designated as W. An excessive number 7/8th kernels or splits that detract from the appearance of the sampled lot may be the basis for claim.

Butts (B)
Kernels which have been broken crosswise, are less than 7/8 but not less than 3/8 of a whole kernel and the cotyledons are still naturally attached. This grade may also be designated as B.

Splits (S)
One half of a cashew kernel that has been split lengthwise, provided not more than 1/8 of this cotyledon has been broken off. This grade may also be designated as S.

Pieces (P)

Large White Pieces (LWP)

Small White Pieces (SWP)

Baby Bits (BB)

Whole Split (WS)

For further information about our CASHEW Nuts (Salted Cashew, Cashew with Wasabi, Cashew with Coconut Milk, Cashew with Moringa) please contact:

Jolie Tuoi (Ms.)

Oversea Sales Staff

Whatsaap/ Wechat: +84 98 358 7558/ +84 8 9876 4147

Email: sale-export3@tantan.vn, daothituoi89@gmail.com

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