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CFIA Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Grade Standards Public Consultation

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has launched a public consultation on proposed changes to fresh fruit and vegetables (FFV) grade standards.

The consultation will be carried out in five phases, each focusing on a specific group of FFV commodities.

Phase 1 proposes changes to grades and requirements for greenhouse cucumbers and greenhouse tomatoes, including a new standard for greenhouse mini cucumbers, and is now open for comments. Interested parties have until December 31, 2021 to review and comment on the proposed changes.

Phase 2, which includes Asparagus, Apples, Apricots, Grapes, Peaches, Pears, Plums and Prunes as well as a new standard for Nectarines is expected to open for comment in December. Later phases will continue into late-2022 and the CFIA will notify stakeholders when each one begins.

To receive a notice about each phase of the consultation, sign-up for email notifications and select Fresh Fruit and Vegetables. A message will be sent to you with updates on the consultation.

Learn more about the consultation on Proposed changes to the Canadian Grade Compendium: Volume 2 – Fresh Fruit or Vegetables and send us your comments! Input gathered through this consultation will help shape the changes to the Canadian Grade Compendium: Volume 2 – Fresh Fruit or Vegetables.

For additional information on this DRC-led initiative, contact Anne Fowlie (afowlie@fvdrc.com).