The Dutch Fruit and Vegetables Quality Inspection system is rather unique in that it involves the complete integration of phytosanitary and quality inspection systems and uses an advanced electronic data management system.
The OECD Peer Review of the Fruit and Vegetables Quality Inspection System in the Netherlands was released on 11 June 2012. It highlights the efficiency of concentrating the fruit and vegetables inspection, at all stages of marketing, including the retail stage, in a single organisation, ensuring consistency in the handling of the products at all stages of the supply chain.
The implementation of the OECD/EU fruit and vegetables quality inspection system in the Netherlands is pragmatic and cost efficient, and time maintains high quality standards. The Kwaliteits-Controle-Bureau (KCB) has the structure and expertise to implement phytosanitary and quality inspection in a transparent and effective integrated system. Moreover, the Netherlands operates a complex online electronic data management system. The integrated approach and the online administration enhance the efficiency of the inspection system and lowers costs for companies, as well as for the inspection authorities. The Dutch approach to the inspection system could serve as a useful model for other countries.
The Peer Review was carried out by the OECD Secretariat, drawing on member country expertise within the Scheme, in close co-operation with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation in the Netherlands and the KCB. The Peer Review is the 5th in a series of Reviews carried out by the OECD Scheme.
The Peer Review is part of a series of reviews of national fruit and vegetables systems undertaken within the programme of work of the OECD Fruit and Vegetables Scheme. The main objective of the Scheme is to facilitate international trade through the harmonisation of the implementation and, interpretation of marketing standards. Moreover, it provides a complete, internationally harmonised export quality inspection system for member countries, as well as guidelines and explanatory brochures of international quality standards for fruit and vegetables.