Food Law News - FAO/WHO/WTO/Codex - 1997
8-12 September 1997: COMMITTEE - Fresh Fruit and Vegetables (7th Session)
Summary Meeting Report
Codex Committee on Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
Seventh Session, Mexico City, Mexico, 8-12 September 1997
- recommended final adoption of draft Codex standards for limes, pummelos, guavas and chayotes and proposed draft Codex standards for mexican limes and ginger by the next session of the Codex Alimentarius Commission;
- recommended preliminary adoption of proposed draft Codex standards for grapefruit, longan and pineapple (revised) by the next session of the Executive Committee;
- agreed to return the draft Codex standard for asparagus for additional comment and consideration at its next meeting, especially as related to slender sized varieties;
- agreed to return the draft Codex standard for oranges for redrafting and harmonization by the Codex and UNECE Secretariats based on the UNECE Standard for Citrus Fruits;
- decided to suspend consideration of the draft code of practice for the quality inspection and certification of fresh fruits and vegetables in order to allow for an evaluation as to whether or not the code was necessary in view of other international initiatives;
- agreed to discontinue discussions concerning the application of quality tolerances at import and the use of objective indices of maturity;
- agreed to amendments to the priority list of fresh fruits and vegetables requiring standardization, including several products already standardized by the UNECE, and;
- agreed to continue using UNECE standards as a starting point for Codex standards when like products were being considered.
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