(1) The prunes
shall be of fairly uniform size and tightly packed according to the approved
and recognized methods. The fruits in the top layer shall not be noticeably
superior in quality or size to those in the remainder of the package.
(2) The size of prunes packed in 4-basket
crates shall be indicated as follows: 4 x 4, 4 x 5, 5 x 5, etc., in accordance
with the arrangement in the top layer of the basket. These packs shall not be
more than three layers deep. Arrangements such as 4-3 x 5 and 5-4 x 5 shall not
be considered standard packs.
The arrangement of the bottom layer shall be one row less one way, and may be
one row less each way than the arrangement of the top layer. The arrangement of
the middle layer may be the same as the top layer, or may be one row less one
way than the arrangement of the top layer. Straight, offset, and diagonal packs
in the layers are permitted. For example: A pack with 5 x 5 in the top layer
may have 5 x 5 in the middle layer, and shall have 4 x 5 or 4-3 x 5 in the
bottom layer; or it may have 4 x 5 or 4-3 x 5 in the middle layer, and shall
have 4 x 5, 4-3 x 5, or 4 x 4 in the bottom layer.
(4) In layer-packed California peach or lug
boxes, the count in the entire container shall be marked on the
(5) In double-faced and
filled special lugs the number of rows, lengthwise of the lugs, shall be marked
on the package to indicate size, as "nine row".
(6) In order to allow for variations incident
to proper packing, not more than ten percent, by count, of the containers in
any lot may fail to meet the requirements of the standard pack.