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Proposed changes to the Canadian Grade Compendium: Volume 2 – Fresh Fruit or Vegetables: Closed consultation

Current status: Closed

This consultation ran from October 29, 2021 to December 31, 2023

At the request of the fresh fruit and vegetable (FFV) industry, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) consulted on proposals to modernize and harmonize existing grade requirements relating to the quality of FFV and to introduce new grade standards for certain commodities.

This consultation was conducted in phases, each phase open for 60 days, to solicit comments from stakeholders regarding proposed changes to the grades and requirements for FFV.

Existing grades and requirements are outlined in the Canadian Grade Compendium: Volume 2 – Fresh Fruit or Vegetables incorporated by reference into the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), administered and enforced by the CFIA. The proposed changes reflected the following market needs:

In response to these market needs, the proposed changes included new size requirements, clarifications to terminology for defects and tolerances, and the introduction of new standards for certain commodities.

A phased approach

This consultation took place in phases based on the following considerations:

Each phase focused on a group of commodities and was open for a two-month consultation period.

Who was the focus of this consultation

The CFIA engaged with:

Key themes for discussion

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What we heard

What we heard report – Phase 1 consultation on Canada's proposed changes to grades and requirements for greenhouse cucumbers, greenhouse tomatoes and greenhouse mini cucumbers

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