Most vegetables and fruit lots in retail shops found to comply with requirements


<div>The 2007 Evira monitoring report concerning retail norms for fruit and vegetables has found that most of the product lots in shops comply with the requirements set by EU legislation. However, there are areas that could be improved in the management of fruit and vegetable departments in retail shops. Evira carried out its monitoring of fruit and vegetable retail norms by checking almost 26,000 lots of fruits and vegetables in 500 retail stores.</div>

The inspections collected information about product lots on the market. Even though the items were in perfect condition on delivery to the shops, they could spoil if the amounts ordered by a shop did not match the demand, or if the shop paid insufficient attention to keeping the goods fit for sale. The Evira report found that 10 % of the batches of fruits and vegetables on sale in retail shops did not meet the requirements set for them.

One of the biggest problems in retail shops is a deficiency in keeping the items fit for sale. The counters need continuous monitoring so that the products on sale are fresh. Spoiled items must be removed and the products should be cleaned when necessary, for example by removing any dried up outer leaves of cabbages.

Another problem is mixing up consignments of products of different origin, as well as giving incorrect or deficient information on the shop’s in-store labels. The labels often lack information about the variety, or the product’s origin is stated incorrectly or is ambiguous. The product origin of ready-packed products in retail shops can be trusted if the name and address of the packer is stated on the packaging. If the packaging does not have information about the packer, the other information given on the packaging should be treated with caution.

A focus area in 2007 was to utilize the results of the retail survey in market supervision. The information collected in the survey was used for risk assessment and for focusing the inspections on products where there is a big risk of non-compliance with requirements. In addition, the information collected in the inspections was used in focusing inspections in the wholesale sector.

Evira Plant Protection Unit’s monitoring report for 2007 (in Finnish, pdf, 612 kb)> Tilauspalvelut> Julkaisut> Eviran julkaisuja 2008> Eviran kasvinsuojeluyksikön valvontaraportti 2007/ Kasvisten kauppanormit

Further information:
Inspector Mari Järvenmäki, Evira, tel. +358 20 77 25143

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