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Fruit and Vegetables

 

Through its Scheme for the Application of International Standards for Fruit and Vegetables, OECD facilitates the adaptation of quality standards to present production, trade and marketing conditions, promotes uniform quality control procedures and disseminates quality assurance guidelines. Read more ...

 

Publications

   

Brochures on International Standards for Fruit and Vegetables

OECD is the main worldwide reference for the certification and standardisation of fruit and vegetables.

This series of brochures comprises explanatory notes and illustrations to facilitate the consistent interpretation of standards for fruit and vegetables.  Recent brochures feature broccoli, watermelons, onions, apples, citrus fruits, hazelnuts, asparagus and mangoes.


Peer Review of the Fruit and Vegetables Quality Inspection System in the Netherlands

The Dutch system for fruit and vegetables quality inspection involves the complete integration of phytosanitary and quality inspection systems and uses advanced electronic data management.

This integrated approach enhances the efficiency of the inspection system, lowers costs for companies and the inspection authorities, and serves as a useful model for other countries, according to this OECD review.


‌‌This image is the cover page of the OECD peer review of the fruit and vegetables quality inspection system of Finland. The copyright belongs to OECD. The image consists of four photos: a harbour, where import controls are made; the peer-review team discussing with inspectors, some vegetables including cucumber, tomatoes and salad; and apples.

Peer Review of the Fruit and Vegetables Quality Inspection System in Finland

Finland’s Peer Review primarily focuses on the fruit and vegetable import quality inspection system. Finland has two inspection services that collaborate and coordinate fruit and vegetables inspections. The Finnish Customs (TULLI) focuses on imports and exports while the Food Safety Authority (Evira), with the help of the ELY Centres (Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment) oversee fruit and vegetables at the wholesale and retail level, under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. 


‌‌‌This image is the cover page of the OECD peer review of the fruit and vegetables quality inspection system of Spain. The copyright belongs to OECD. The image consists of four photos: two photos of inspections, one of citrus fruits and one of red peppers.

Peer Review of the Fruit and Vegetables Quality Inspection System in Spain

The Spanish fruit and vegetables quality inspection system is well organised in order to manage the large amount of produced and traded fruit and vegetables. The system has to accomplish two main objectives: the promotion of Spanish fruit and vegetables abroad; and compliance with all responsibilities determined by Spain’s membership in the European Union and in other intergovernmental organisations such as the OECD Fruit and Vegetables Scheme.

 

Events

The Plenary Meeting of the OECD Fruit and Vegetables Scheme will be held on 8 and 9 December 2015 at the OECD Conference Centre and will be preceded by the Produce Working Group Meetings on 7 December.

 

Guidelines and rules

  • Guidelines on Objective Tests
    The OECD Guidelines brochure on objective tests to determine quality of fruit and vegetables, dry and dried produce describes those methods of objective testing of fruits that have emerged as beneficial to both Inspection Services, and the fruit industry in general in determining acceptable levels of ripeness and quality.

  • Guidelines on Training of Inspectors
    The OECD Guidelines brochure on training of inspectors on quality inspection is an international reference to the private and public Inspection Services. It helps them to establish a professional inspection team and facilitates the development of initial and annual education plan for quality inspectors.



  • Rules including OECD Council Recommendations

 

Further information

 

OECD Fruit and Vegetables Bureau
  • Chair: Mr. Jan Van de Wijnboom - Netherlands 
  • Vice Chair: Mr. Shawn Coetzee - South Africa
  • Vice Chair: Mr. Joseph Ngili Kigamwa - Kenya

 

Contact us

  Mr. Jose Brambila-Macias, Programme Manager, OECD Fruit and Vegetables Scheme

  • Email: jose.brambila-macias@oecd.org and TAD.codescheme@oecd.org

 

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