9. Fruits and vegetables for which different grades are provided for in Schedule 1 must be classified in accordance with these grades.
This provision does not apply to root vegetables sold in fresh state with part of their tops attached and commonly known to the trade as “green vegetables”.
In order to assure consumers an adequate supply of better quality products and to avoid the lowering of the prices offered to producers, the applicability of the inferior grade of a fruit or vegetable stipulated in Schedule 1 and also of the provisions thereto relating in the Schedule is temporarily suspended, when there is an exceptionally heavy crop of this product, a large proportion of which is of inferior quality.
Notice by the Minister of such suspension shall be published in the Gazette officielle du Québec, specifying the product and grade in question and the date on which said suspension shall come into force. The publishing of said notice is also mandatory for the reinstatement of the suspended grade and provisions.
Starting on the date set in such notice, every operation mentioned in section 2 is prohibited with respect to fruits or vegetables of the quality or grade referred to in the said notice.
R.R.Q., 1981, c. P-29, r. 3, s. 9.