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Codex backs work on general customary for quinoa

Thursday, July 16, 2015 > 08:56:37

(Angio Foods)

The Commission authorized a new work and concluded to reactivate a Committee on Cereals, Pulses and Legumes (CCCPL) to work by correspondence.

It concluded to settle an electronic Working Group (eWG) chaired by Bolivia and co-chaired by a US operative in English and Spanish to rise a initial draft.

Development of a customary is approaching to take 4 years, or less, depending on a grade of accord during ubiquitous level.

Fair trade practices

Bolivia pronounced several Codex members have concerns about health and satisfactory trade practices inspiring ubiquitous trade in perishable and non-perishable goods.

This can outcome in restrictions or prohibitions, generally when a product is not theme of an internationally reputable standard.

A perspective inside a discussion centre

“It is required to rise a quinoa standard, in sequence to have an ubiquitous customary that can be used to forestall technical barriers to ubiquitous trade, and as a means of safeguarding a consumer health and guaranteeing satisfactory trade,” said Bolivia in a plan document.  

“While there is no specific inhabitant legislation on quinoa, there have been reports that a ubiquitous standards for cereals or other non-quinoa products have been practical to exchange involving quinoa, and it appears that in some countries quinoa is still not clearly identified since of a miss of any ubiquitous standard.”

Bolivia pronounced it due a growth of a processed (treated) quinoa pellet Codex standard, to simulate flourishing ubiquitous trade and combined it would be of seductiveness to producing and importing countries.

The customary is approaching to settle smallest mandate for a reserve and peculiarity of quinoa grain, conclude categories in that a quinoa can be personal according to a distance and colour, embody mandate for congruity in package and make-up methods and conclude information that contingency seem when imprinting and labelling a package.

The nation pronounced quinoa production, trade and expenditure have stretched significantly recently due to factors trimming from a reassessment of a reliable and informative value of a stand that is ancestral in a area of a world, to considerations of nutritive value, as it has been identified as a product that can accommodate flourishing consumer direct for healthy foods.

Quinoa prolongation and trade stats

According to a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and a Latin American Integration Association (ALADI), universe trade in quinoa rose by 135 million dollars in 2012.

A sum of 82.4% of exports are from ALADI members, in sold from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.

Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands and a USA were among a countries Bolivia exported a many quinoa to in 2014.

For Peru, USA surfaced a list, followed by Canada, Australia and a UK, according to 2013 data.                                    

The other poignant exporters are a US (9.8%) and a European Union (7.5%), nonetheless a vast suit of a sales are re-exports.

Production has jumped from 16,204 tonnes in Bolivia in stand year 1983/4 to 61,182 tonnes in 2012/3 according to information gathered by a Unit for Production Analysis from Ministry of Rural Development and Land figures.

Quinoa is constructed in Colombia, Chile, Argentina, USA and Canada and trials are underway in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Venezuela.

Production is also being introduced in Denmark, France, Finland, Tanzania, Morocco, China, Mongolia, New Zealand, Kenya and a Himalayas.

Quinoa’s nutritive value is dynamic by a high protein content, that lies between 13.81 and 21.9%, depending on a variety.

Bulgaria, China, El Salvador, UAE, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Malta, Paraguay, Singapore, Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela were countries with no tradition of quinoa consumption, though have shown rising direct for it.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has a ubiquitous customary for grain, that includes a clarification of quinoa (ISO 5526:2013 Cereals, pulses and other food grains – Nomenclature).

Quinoa is constructed during an altitude between 2,500 and 4,000m above sea level, on dull and semiarid land. It is rarely resistant to oppressive climactic and windy conditions, granting temperatures of -4 to -8 ºC during a flowering duration and -10 ºC while a grains are in a divert stage. 


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