The 19th session of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables will be held in Mexico from October 5–9.
The agenda is yet to be set but at the last session, proposals for new work on standards for ware potatoes; garlic, aubergines and kiwifruit were among matters dealt with.
The 18th session, held in Phuket from February 24-28 last year and co-hosted by Mexico and Thailand, included a Codex/OECD side event on pomegranates.
Among the decisions taken at that session were:
to incorporate a reference to the Code of Practice for the Reduction of Hydrocyanic Acid in Cassava and Cassava Products into the section on contaminants of the Standards for Sweet Cassava and Bitter Cassava;
to forward the standards for passion fruit, durian and okra to the Codex Commission for final adoption;
to retain the maturity requirements in the standard for table grapes;
to forward proposal for new work on standards for ware potato; garlic, aubergines and kiwifruit to the Codex Commission for approval.
Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
The committee’s terms of reference are:
(a) to elaborate world wide standards and codes of practice as may be appropriate for fresh fruits and vegetables;
(b) to consult with the UNECE Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards in the elaboration of world wide standards and codes of practice with particular regard to ensuring that there is no duplication of standards or codes of practice and that they follow the same broad format; and,
(c) to consult, as necessary, with other international organizations which are active in the area of standardization of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Draft report from 18th session of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables