(a) The floors, walls, and ceilings shall be thoroughly cleaned and tightly fitted to
protect the load from the weather, contamination, and extraneous matter. Conveying
vehicles shall also be free from objectionable foreign odors.
(b) There shall be adequate space above the loaded mass to permit thorough sampling,
when requested, throughout the length and depth of the load and also to provide for
circulating air space between the top of the load and the roof of the vehicle.
(c) If a point of origin inspection is requested utilizing a licensed bean inspector, then
the type and construction of any conveyance that might be considered hazardous to the
inspector or prevent the performance of his or her duties prescribed for adequate and
thorough sampling and inspection shall
not be used to transport beans. The shipper shall sign a bulk conveyance report which
shows that the provisions of subdivision (a) of this subrule were complied with before
(7) The standard moisture content of beans defined in the grades in these rules shall not
be in excess of 18% moisture and shall be within the limits of the tolerance as defined in
R 285.523.2(k). High-moisture beans may be graded and designated according to the
grade requirements of the standards otherwise applicable. The words "except moisture"
shall be added to, and made a part of, the grade designation in every case of high
moisture content, following the name of the class, followed by a statement of the
percentage of moisture of the beans in terms of whole percent and half percent. The
statement shall appear on the inspection certificate to establish and protect the grade.
(8) Official bean inspection certificates declaring an established grade shall not be
issued by any authorized inspector until all the containers and conveyances conform to
all labeling and condition requirements.
History: 1979 AC; 1987 AACS; 1998-2000 AACS.
R 285.523.4 Beans placed in any trade channels; grading, labeling, and
Rule 4. (1) All dry edible beans, whether for human consumption, precooking,
manufacturing, or canning, before being placed into any trade channels, through
purchase, sale, or by transportation shall be labeled or placarded. At the option of the
processor, packager, or shipper, the dry edible beans may be officially inspected for
grade by a licensed bean inspector.
(2) All bags or containers used in packing and shipping beans graded by a licensed
bean inspector shall be standard, sound, clean, free from holes, and neatly and legibly
printed or stenciled.
(3) All of the following information shall appear on the face of the bag, carton, parcel,
or package used in packing and shipping beans or on a tag affixed to a bag, carton,
parcel, or package:
(a) The name of the product, including the word "Michigan" when grown in Michigan.
(b) The official state grade of the beans if inspected by a licensed bean inspector.
(c) The net metric weight (grams, kilograms, milliliters, liters) and the net United
States customary system weight (ounces, pounds, fluid ounces).
(d) The name and address of the person or firm responsible for placing the product on