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Title 7Subtitle BChapter ISubchapter APart 29Subpart C → Subject Group


Title 7: Agriculture
PART 29—TOBACCO INSPECTION
Subpart C—Standards


elements of quality

§29.3101   Elements of quality and degrees of each element.

These standardized words or terms are used to describe tobacco quality and to assist in interpreting grade specifications. Tobacco attributes or characteristics which constitute quality are designated as elements of quality. The range within each element is expressed by the use of words or terms designated as degrees. These several degrees are arranged to show their relative value, but the actual value of each degree varies with type, group, and grade. In each case the first and last degrees represent the full range for the element, and the intermediate degrees show gradual steps between them.

Elements      Degrees      
1  BodyTissueyThinMediumFleshyHeavy.
2  MaturityMellowRipeMatureUnderripeImmature.
3  Leaf structure (porosity and solidity).PorousOpenFirmCloseSolid.
4  Leaf surface (smoothness)SmoothEvenWavyWrinklyRough.
5  FinishBrightClearModerateDullDingy.
6  Color intensityDeepStrong      doWeakPale.
7  WidthBroadSpreadyNormalNarrowStringy.
8  Length(1)(1)(1)(1)(1)
9  Uniformity(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)
10  Injury tolerance(2)(2)(2)(2)(2)

1Expressed in inches.

2Expressed in percentage.

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