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Guideline (National Institute of Standards and Technology)*

Where possible, remove non-comparable methods of sale (e.g. weight and measure) for the same produce item. It can confuse consumers when outlets use more than one method of sale for the same product. This guideline applies to all sales of fruits and vegetables.

In Method of Sale, Table A lists specific commodities. Table B lists general commodity groups. Items may be sold by any method of sale indicated by an X. Check Table A first to find items that either do not fit into general groups or have unique methods of sale. If the item is not in Table A, check Table B.


Treat all onions alike when applying the methods of sale in these tables. The list of examples in the table is not all inclusive. (Kenneth S. Butcher, Group Leader, NIST Weights and Measures Division)

Green Top Vegetables

The General Method of sale table in HB130 addresses "with tops" for many vegetables by using the "head or bunch" column.  Also in the specific commodity table, brussels sprouts on the stalk are allowed to be sold by the head or bunch.  It is like our current code, but is intuitive in stating head or bunch. It refers to root vegetables like carrots, beets, etc., with tops.
*NIST Handbook 130
2.3.2. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
(L&R, 1979; 1980; 1982; 2008)
Last Updated: 08/27/2021

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