The Florida Citrus Processing Industry has the least efficient system of determining incoming fruit quality which could be employed for this purpose. The quality determination I am describing pertains to fruit condition; the number of culls; the amount of unwholesome fruit; number of splits, rots, immature fruit; plugs and the like. I am not talking about the determination of juice content, acid, or Brix. This latter test, which we usually refer to as the “State Test”, has received a great deal of attention within the Industry, and is basically an adequate test. So, let me make it perfectly clear from the start, my discussion today has no reference to the State Test as we know it, but is concerned with the procedures employed within the Citrus Industry for grading out culls, or unwholesome fruit at the time fruit is received. The so-called incoming grading at the time of fruit receipt before the bins.
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