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Modernization of Canadian grade standards for fresh fruit and vegetables continues

The DRC-led initiative to modernize the grades standards found in Compendium 2 (https://inspection.canada.ca/about-cfia/acts-and-regulations/list-of-acts-and-regulations/documents-incorporated-by-reference/canadian-grade-compendium-volume-2/eng/1519996239002/1519996303947) continues to move forward.

Public consultation for Phases 1 (greenhouse tomatoes, greenhouse long seedless cucumbers and a new standard for greenhouse mini seedless cucumbers) and Phase 2 (Apples, Asparagus, Apricots, Grapes, Nectarines (new), Peaches, Pears and Plums and Prunes) have concluded. Comments are under review by CFIA and changes are expected to come into effect later this year.

The industry’s proposed changes for Phase 3 (beets, cabbage, onions, parsnip, potatoes and rutabagas) are also being reviewed by CFIA and public consultation is anticipated in early summer.

For additional information on this DRC initiative, contact Anne Fowlie (afowlie@fvdrc.com). Review for other crops contained in Compendium 2 will take place throughout the remainder of 2022.