Seminar offered for EC standards

Defra and the Rural Payments Agency are holding workshops to steer growers through the minefield of new EC marketing standards in fresh fruit and vegetables.

The standards are to be reduced from 36 to 10 products including citrus fruit, lettuces, curled-leaved and broad-leaved endives, and sweet peppers.

A general marketing standard will apply to all other fresh produce not covered by the so-called "specific marketing standard", which has come in for industry criticism.

Workshops take place on 7 April in Warrington and on 15 April in Peterborough.

Key areas of interest are risk-based assessment systems, costs and benefits to industry, and the proposed extension of the Approved Trader Scheme.

- To register for a workshop, email

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