DRC’s Luc Mougeot attended the 21st Session of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV) in Monterrey, Mexico as a member of the Canadian delegation. The CCFFV approved final versions of the grade standards for garlic, ware potatoes and kiwifruit. The Committee also worked on draft standards for yam, onion and shallots, berry fruit and fresh dates.

Similar to how US Grade Standards and Canadian Standards are used in transactions in North America to determine the quality of the commodity and to resolve disputes, the Codex Alimentarius is a collection of internationally adopted food standards and related texts presented in a uniform manner. These food standards and related texts aim at protecting consumers’ health, ensuring fair practices in the food trade, and resolve disputes. For additional information or to receive Codex updates, please contact Luc at 613-234-0982 or [email protected]

The Codex grade standards for fresh fruit and vegetables may be viewed here.

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