In the United States, grading standards for whole dry peas, split peas, feed peas, lentils, and chickpeas exist in order to maintain the standard of quality U.S. product is known for around the globe.
The inspection of pulse crops is in accordance with the regulations under the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946. This service is provided, upon request, by the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS).
US Grading Standards (PDF):
The US Pea & Lentil Trade Association (USPLTA) is the membership organization representing the trade portion of the pulse industry. To see current Trade Rules, membership and convention information, click the link below.