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Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV)

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Acronym CCFFV
Document Reference CX/FFV
Name Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Terms of Reference (a) to elaborate world wide standards and codes of practice as may be appropriate for fresh fruits and vegetables; (b) to consult with the UNECE Working Party on Agricultural Quality Standards in the elaboration of world wide standards and codes of practice with particular regard to ensuring that there is no duplication of standards or codes of practice and that they follow the same broad format; and, (c) to consult, as necessary, with other international organizations which are active in the area of standardization of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Status Active
Host GovernmentMexico

Summary Report of the 18th Session of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables (CCFFV18)
(Phuket, Thailand, 24-28 February 2014)

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CCFFV18 was attended by delegates representing 37 member countries, 1 member organisation (European Union) and 3 observer organisations (OECD, OIV, UNECE). The session was successful in many ways (detailed decisions see below) and we shall highlight three of these: (1) the first co-hosting of a CCFFV session; (2) the first explanatory OECD brochure based on a Codex standard; and (3) the simplification and broadening of the TOR of the Committee.
(1) CCFFV is one of the few committees in the Codex system hosted by a developing country (Mexico) and the only one currently hosted in the Latin American region. This particular session was the first organised outside Mexico and also the first being co-hosted by two developing countries i.e., Mexico and Thailand, in an attempt to take the Committee closer to other regions in the world where production and export of fresh fruits and vegetables constitute some of the key commodities for foreign exchange and food security. It is foreseen that future decentralisation of CCFFV meetings to other Codex regions will be of benefit to Codex members of the region concerned and the Committee as a whole. This will also allow wider participation and will raise awareness of the work of Codex on agricultural quality standards and their importance in facilitating trade in raw agricultural commodities.
(2) During the session a Codex/OECD Side Event on Pomegranate was held, showing collaboration between Codex member countries and OECD member countries in the development of the OECD explanatory brochure on Pomegranate, the first based on a Codex standard. Delegates welcomed this initiative and continuation of work between Codex and the OECD Scheme for the Application of International Standards for Fruit and Vegetables in complementary areas of work.
(3) The deletion of reference to the UNECE from the revised terms of reference does not mean termination of cooperation with the UNECE but the acknowledgement of a broader cooperation scheme encompassing the long-standing collaboration with the UNECE as well as other relevant international organisations active in the area of standardisation of fresh fruits and vegetables that could also add further value to make Codex standards for fresh fruits and vegetables as comprehensive as possible and more applicable worldwide.

Detailed decisions of CCFFV18:

  • noted matters arising from the Commission relevant to its work and outputs and ongoing work on fruits and vegetables in relevant international organisations and agreed (i) to incorporate a reference to the Code of Practice for the Reduction of Hydrocyanic Acid in Cassava and Cassava Products into the section on contaminants of the Standards for Sweet Cassava and Bitter Cassava; (ii) that issues related to provisions of food additives in Codex standards for fresh fruits and vegetables should be considered in the context of the layout; (iii) to inform the Committee on Spices and Culinary Herbs that work on powdered paprika was outside its Terms of Reference; and (iv) that it would be premature to analyse differences between Codex and UNECE standards to determine the need for revision of relevant Codex standards;
  • forwarded the standards for passion fruit (covering all species of passion fruit internationally traded), durian and okra to the Commission for final adoption;
  • retained the maturity requirements in the Standard for Table Grapes;
  • forwarded proposal for new work on standards for ware potato; garlic, aubergines and kiwifruit to the Commission for approval and requested comments on proposals for new work for consideration at its next session;
  • removed the reference to the UNECE from its Terms of Reference and forwarded them to the Commission for adoption;
  • agreed to further consider the layout for Codex standards for fresh fruits and vegetables at its next session.

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Updated on: 21-01-2015
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