Dec 19, 2019 - 05:09 PM
Thanks for your question. Allow me to answer it for you.
The demand for frozen fruits and vegetables has increased enormously in the past decade. The change in lifestyles, combined with the easy meal-preparation advantages have contributed to the surging demand and requirement for frozen foods and vegetables in the continent.
However, inevitably with such growing demands comes the need for high quality standards that have to be met to cater to the niche European market. Residue levels are a major concerns when it comes to the quality of the frozen foods and in an attempt to comply with such requirement, the European Union made four changes to the regulations concerning maximum residue levels in foods and vegetables. The specific increment of the maximum residue levels are set for Chlorpyrifos, Fosetyl and other pesticides. (List of pesticides listed in a link below)
Labelling and packing requirements are also in effect and must be in line with European packaging standards. This regulation explicitly defines stating the nutritional values, allergen labelling and legibility, all of which should meet the font size and type requirements. Repacking of quick-frozen fruit and vegetables under controlled conditions is permitted. This repacking must be done quickly under a temperature between 0 °C and 5 °C. After repacking, products are returned into freezing chambers under the regular temperature of -18 °C.
(Refer to the Codex Alimentarius for the Code of Practice for the Processing and Handling of Quick Frozen Foods)
As far as the certifications go, environmental protection, organic and fair trade certifications are becoming acceptable standards of document requirement in the region.
For all organic products, IFOAM certification is mandatory now and must be complied with in order to ensure a smooth trade between European importers and indigenous/global suppliers/exporters.
For information pertaining to the sustainability standards, refer to the following links that talks about the globally accepted standards that are to be met by exporters worldwide for imports within the European Union.
Hope this answers your question.
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