The U.S. Department of Agriculture has amended the Florida Tomato Marketing Order to allow Procacci Bros. Sales Corp., Philadelphia, to market the UglyRipe tomato outside of Florida during the state's tomato season -- mid-October to mid-June, media sources reported.

The Florida Tomato Committee opposed the change, saying UglyRipes do not meet size and shape standards. Procacci chairman and chief executive officer Joe Procacci has said that what the tomatoes lack in looks they make up for in taste.