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Due to the Freshfel AGM next Thursday (3 June) there might be difficulties to reach the Secretariat by phone in the office. In urgent cases please write an e-mail and we will come back to you as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience!

Freshfel AGM 3 June 2010 Brussels

More than 50 delegates are due to attend the Freshfel AGM next Thursday in Brussels. The programme for the meeting is as follows and the provisional list of attendance is enclosed. Members not yet registered and planning to attend should urgently contact the secretariat.

11h30-12h00: Welcome of delegates

12h00-13h00: Statutory AGM

The agenda for the formal part – based on the competence of the AGM as set by Article 7.2 of the Articles of Association – includes:

  • Opening remarks by Freshfel President Mr Ramon Rey
  • Approval of the minutes of the 2009 AGM held in Valencia on 28/04/2009. Brief overview of activities and achievements, 
  • Financial situation including Financial report 2009. Approval of the balance sheet for 2009 and discharge of the accounts, 2010 Budget, ratification of contribution fees for 2010 and indicative contribution fees for 2011.
  • Freshfel officials for the term 2010-2012
  • Miscellaneous and closing of the administrative part

13h00 – 14h15: Networking lunch

14h15 – 16h00: Discussion with members on the present and future situation in the fruit and vegetable sector.

  • Opening remarks by Ramon Rey and moderation by Philippe Binard
  • Lars Hoelgaerd, Deputy Director General DG AGRI: Overview of policy issues for the European fruit and vegetable sector on the Commission agenda
  • Esther de Lange, MEP (tbc): Overview of policy issues for the European fruit and vegetable sector on the European Parliament agenda
  • Pierre Luigi Londero, Head of Unit DG AGRI: Reflection on a better functioning of the supply chain from DG AGRI perspective
  • Maria Iglesia Gomez, Head of Unit DG SANCO: Reflection on a better functioning of the supply chain from DG AGRI perspective
  • Resolution of the Advisory Committee on the state of the industry (Pino Calcagni/Philippe Binard)   
  • Raquel Izquierdo: Presentation of the results of the European study “Where is the fruit?”
  • Discussion and conclusion

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Management Committee Fruit and Vegetables

The Management Committee on Fruit and Vegetables is meeting today Friday 28 May 2010. The outcome of the meeting will be reported next week in the Newsletter. Points ont he agenda for the meeting are as follows:

  • Draft Commission Decision on partial reimbursement by the Union of national assistance to Portuguese producer organisations in the fruit and vegetable sector for operational programmes implemented in 2008
  • Presentation and exchange of views on the fruit and vegetable market situation. Debriefing from Stone Fruit GREX of 17/05/2010 
  • Working document on a draft recast of Commission Regulation (EC) No 1580/2007 laying down implementing rules of Council Regulations (EC) No 1234/2007 in the fruit and vegetable sector (document enclosed)
  • Working document on a draft  Commission Regulation amending Commission Regulation (EC) No 1580/2007 laying down implementing rules of Council Regulations (EC) No 2200/96, (EC) No 2201/96 and (EC) No 1182/2007 in the fruit and vegetable sector: First stage processing - crisis prevention and management measures (document enclosed)
  • Miscellaneous fruit & vegetable items:
    • State of play of the data analysis 2007
    • Interbranch agreements: AILIMPO (Spanish Interbranch Association for Lemon and Grapefruit) setting up a Price Information Exchange Bureau and a Quality Certificate
    • State of play of the other Commission decision on NFA

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Peaches and nectarines: Freshfel statements

Based on the outcome of the last expert group of the Commission on peaches and nectarines, Freshfel has issued this week a short statement to express concerns about the expected difficulties for the forthcoming summer stone fruit season, despite the expected lower production. The main points of the statement are as follows:

  • Based on data released by Europech in early May, the aggregated production of stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, pavies and apricots) should reach 4.11 mln T in the main EU producing countries (Italy, Greece, Spain and France), representing a 5% decrease compared to last year. The main producing country, Italy, will see its production decrease by 2% while other countries are also reporting lower production (Greece -4%; Spain -9% and France -11%). The lower marketable volume this year is unfortunately not anticipated within a more favourable market situation
  • Growing conditions this year were particularly affected by the cold winter and spring. Cold weather is leading to a significant delay in the start of the season while the size of the fruit is also reported to be much lower on average than the previous year. The later start of the season will lead accordingly to a shorter marketing season, and might also lead to an overlapping between the early and the mid-season varieties moving towards a congestion of the market. The total sales period will ultimately be cut by two or three weeks, while smaller sizes might have an additional downward-spiralling effect on prices
  • This forecast comes amid the background of two extremely difficult seasons, with returns to growers often below the costs of production.
  • Despite the negative reports from the last two seasons, the European Commission has not yet introduced adjustment mechanisms to cope with severe crisis situations. Several grower organisations called upon the European Commission to introduce such mechanisms, which if adopted quickly could partially alleviate the pressure on the market. To stabilise the market further, other additional tools should be considered, such as increasing processing capacity.
  • In the longer term, the viability of European stone fruit production also remains in question due to the rapid spread of the sharka virus across European peach and apricot orchards. This disease is devastating traditional production regions. Freshfel called on the Commission to refocus the research currently being undertaken as the current research is exclusively looking at long-term solutions with the elaboration of new resistant varieties. While this aspect cannot be neglected, more urgent tasks need to be conducted, namely the evaluation and implementation of best practices for prevention of the disease.

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School Fruit Scheme in Germany

In North Rhine Westphalia, Germany, 13 primary / special schools will be added to the list of schools participating until the end of the 2010/2011 school year in the European School Fruit Scheme. Furthermore, 93 schools will participate as well until the end of this year. Thereby, approximately 20,000 pupils will participate in this initiative this year in the most populous federal state in Germany.

To accompany the School Fruit Scheme in North Rhine Westphalia, also a special website has been launched. It contains the most important information for schools and suppliers and is accessible at: Freshfel asks members to provide the Secretariat with similar websites from their own regions, countries etc. if they are aware of them, so that the Secretariat can build up a corresponding database.

US Research: Fresh fruit is top snack among kids aged 2 to 17

According to a PMA consumer research study (Healthy Eating Trends 2009), fresh fruit remained the top snack food consumed by kids aged 2 to 17 last year in the US; however, following close behind fresh fruit was refrigerated yogurt – which this demographic ate more of as a snack-oriented food in 2009 than they did in 2008. Other snacks experiencing growth in 2009 were potato chips, string cheese and prepackaged cheese cubes or shapes, and hard candy.

PMA research last year found that 39% of parents said providing healthful food for their children was a primary reason why they buy fresh fruits and vegetables. The study also found that consumers are purchasing more bananas, apples, grapes, oranges (due to year-round availability, convenience in carrying and eating, and relative inexpensiveness), along with strawberries, blueberry, lemons, cantaloupes, pineapples, pears, and tangerines. In addition, consumers told that they have purchased different varieties of apples, avocados, grapes, oranges, and pears during the past year.

To learn more about the study and/or purchase it, visit the PMA Website at:

CAP: Call for tenders for an "Evaluation of promotion and information actions for agricultural products"

The European Commission has launched a call for tenders for a retrospective evaluation of promotion and information actions for agricultural products. The aim of this evaluation is twofold: first, to provide a comprehensive synthesis of the evaluation reports on promotion programmes carried out on the internal market and in third countries and, second, to examine the relevance and effectiveness of the EU information and promotion policy, as well as its coherence with other promotion measures applied under the Common Agriculture policy (CAP). In particular, the evaluation will cover the following aspects: i) Policy relevance and effectiveness ii) management of information and promotion programmes and iii) coherence and complementarities with other CAP and national and private promotion initiatives. The maximum budget attributed to this evaluation project is €400,000. The deadline for submitting offers is 12 July 2010. The Commission intends to award the contract before the end of 2010, following the evaluation of the offers received. The contractor will have to carry out the evaluation within 10 months from the signature of the contract. All tender documents can be found at the following internet address:

Publication of Tariff Quotas for the import of agricultural products originating in Egypt

Commission Regulation (EC) No. 449/2010 was published this week, amending the tariff quotas of the European Union for the import of certain agricultural and processed agricultural products originating in Egypt.

The Regulation amends amending Council Regulation (EC) No 747/2001 and repeals Regulations (EC) No 2276/2003, (EC) No 955/2005, (EC) No 1002/2007 and (EC) No 1455/2007. It was published in Official Journal L 127 of 26th May, and is applicable as of 1st June 2010.

Specific details of the tariff quotas for the import of garlic, cucumbers, sweet oranges and strawberries can be found on page 3 of the enclosed regulation.   

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Amendment to trigger levels for additional duties on tomatoes, apricots, lemons, plums, peaches, including nectarines, pears and table grapes

Commission Regulation (EC) No. 460/2010 of 27th May 2010 amending Regulation (EC) No. 1580/2007 as regards the trigger levels for additional duties on tomatoes, apricots, lemons, plums, peaches, including nectarines, pears and table grapes was published in Official Journal L 129 of 28th May.

The changed additional import duties are published below:

Serial No.

CN Code


Trigger Period

Trigger Level (Tonnes)



0702 00 00


1 October to 31 May

1 June to 30 September

1 215 526

966 429



0707 00 05


1 May to 31 October

1 November to 30 April

11 879

18 611


0709 90 80


1 November to 30 June

8 866


0709 90 70


1 January to 31 December

55 369


0805 10 20


1 December to 31 May

355 386


0805 20 10


1 November to end February

529 006


0805 20 30

0805 20 50

0805 20 70

0805 20 90

Mandarins (including tangerines and satsumas); wilkings and similar citrus hybrids

1 November to end February

96 377



0805 50 10


1 June to 31 December

1 January to 31 May

329 903

92 638


0806 10 10

Table Grapes

21 July to 20 November

146 510



0808 10 80


1 January to 31 August

1 September to 31 December

829 840

884 648



0808 20 50


1 January to 30 April

1 July to 31 December

280 764

83 435


0809 10 00


1 June to 31 July

49 314


0809 20 95

Cherries, other than sour cherries

21 May to 10 August

90 511


0809 30

Peaches, including nectarines

11 June to 30 September

6 867


0809 40 05


11 June to 30 September

57 764

Protected Geographical Indication / Protected Designation of Origin

An application for the registration of ‘Limone di Siracusa’, Femminello lemons from municipalities in the coastal region of Syracuse in Italy as a Protected Geographical Indication was published in OJ C 135 of 26th May. Statements of objection must reach the Commission within six months from the date of this publication.

An application for the registration of ‘Arancia di Ribera’, oranges produced along the banks of the Verdura, Magazzolo, Platani and Carboj rivers in the Province of Palermo in Italy as a Protected Designation of Origin was published in OJ C 135 of 26th May. Statements of objection must reach the Commission within six months from the date of this publication.

Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed - Week 21

During week 21, the following notifications on fresh fruit and vegetables were received by the EU’s rapid alert system for food and feed. An alert notification is sent when a food or feed presenting a serious risk is on the market and when immediate action is required, whereas an information notification is where a risk has been identified with a particular product but no action is necessary. Border rejections concern food and feed consignments that have been tested and rejected at the external borders of the EU when a health risk was found.



Notified by


Reason for notifying

Country of Origin

Alert notification




chlormequat (0.97; 0.91 mg/kg - ppm) in table grapes

India, via NL

Information notificiation




methomyl (0.13 mg/kg - ppm) in mini cucumbers


Information notificiation


Czech Republic


formetanate (0.23 mg/kg - ppm) in white peppers


Information notificiation




methomyl (0.28 mg/kg - ppm) in grapes


Information notificiation




chlormequat (0.2 mg/kg - ppm) in grapes


Information notificiation




fenitrothion (0.41 mg/kg - ppm) in oranges


Border rejection




omethoate and dimethoate (sum = 0.075 mg/kg - ppm) in eggplants


Border rejection




methomyl (0.31 mg/kg - ppm) in cooled peppers


Border rejection




spoilage of fresh green beans infested with moulds


Border rejection




methomyl (0.31 mg/kg - ppm) in fresh peppers Sivria

Turkey, via NL

Border rejection




methomyl (0.246 mg/kg - ppm) in fresh peppers Charly


Border rejection




oxamyl (0.096 mg/kg - ppm) in fresh peppers Sivria

Turkey, via UK

Border rejection




profenofos (3.22 mg/kg - ppm) in young kale (Chinese broccoli)


WTO SPS notifications

The Secretariat of the WTO SPS Committee has recently received the following notifications:

Notifying country


Object of the notification


Various MRLs

Proposal to align certain limits with international standards relating to residues of agricultural and veterinary chemicals in food.


Various MRLs

The standard establishes and revises the pesticide MRLs for Cyfluthrin, Cypermethrin, Iprodione,  Metribuzin and Spinosad on fruits, vegetables or cereals.

(2) The MRLs for the pesticide Alphacypermethrin, Beta-cyfluthrin, Esfenvalerate and Metalaxyl-M are revoked since their use is covered by the MRLs for Cypermethrin, Cyfluthrin, Fenvalerate and Metalaxyl.


Various MRLs

Draft for pesticide MRLs of Amisulbrom, Azoxystrobin, Bifenazate, Buprofezin, Chlorantraniliprole, Chlorfenapyr, Chlorothalonil, Chlorpyrifos, Dimethomorph, Dinotefuran, Flonicamid, Fluazinam, Flufenoxuron, Iminoctadine, Iprodione, Phosmet, Pyraclostrobin, Thiamethoxam, and Tolfenpyrad on fruits, vegetables or cereals.


Tuta absoluta on tomato

Federal order updating the list of countries subject to the Import Quarantine Order for Tuta Absoluta on tomatoes.


Methyl Parathion

Request to Voluntarily Cancel Pesticide Registrations.



Final rule establishing tolerances for residues of cyromazine in or on succulent beans at 2 ppm.



Final rule establishing tolerances for residues of spirodiclofen in or on various commodities (Avocado 1.0, black sapote 1.0, Canistel 1.0, Mamey sapote 1.0, Mango 1.0, Papaya 1.0, Sapodilla 1.0, Star apple 1.0).   

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Monitoring of Apple Imports – week 20

Please find below a link to the monitoring document of apple imports into the EU up to week 20.

Apple import license requests up to

Week 20 for SHAFFE countries

SHAFFE exports1 up to

Week 20

308 500

320 398

1 Data collected at departure by export authorities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand and South Africa, grouped under the Southern Hemisphere Association of Fresh Fruit Exporters (SHAFFE).

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Northern Hemisphere apple and pear stocks - 1 May 2010

Summary overview of the Northern Hemipshere apple and pear stocks on the 1st of May 2010, established by the World Apple & Pear Association (WAPA).

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