CFIA proposes changes to grades and requirements of fruits and vegetable industry

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is proposing changes to grades and requirements relating to the fresh fruit and vegetable (FFV) industry. In order to be marketed in import or interprovincial trade in Canada, certain fruit and vegetables must be graded.

Grades and requirements can be used as reference points to provide consistency in product quality, support in marketing products, inform consumer purchasing decisions, and establish a uniform trading language for pricing and contracts between buyer and seller.

Over the years the inspection agency has received comments from stakeholders that many FFV grade standards are outdated and do not reflect current market needs. Because stakeholders helped identify these issues, the CFIA is asking for public input on these proposed changes.

Consultations are being done in phases, as the CFIA looks to ‘modernize and harmonize’ existing grade requirements relating to the quality of FFV and to introduce new grade standards. Phase one focused on changes to greenhouse tomatoes and standards for mini cucumbers which closed on Dec. 31, 2021.

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