(July 31) Seeking to create more opportunities for buyers and suppliers to use government third-party inspections, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has granted a test market to exempt eight commodities from destination inspection standards that previously could put the commodities in detention.

There are 30 commodities in Canada with mandatory grade standards, and within that group there have been nine commodities — apples, beets, cabbage, carrots, onions, parsnips, pears, potatoes and rutabagas — for which condition defects applied against the grade at destination, according to a report from the Ottawa-based Dispute Resolution Corp.

Failure to make grade on those nine commodities previously had resulted in detention of the product by the CFIA. Condition defects do not apply against the grade at destination for the remaining 21 commodities.

At the request of the Canadian produce industry, the CFIA has granted a test market to exempt apples, beets, cabbages, carrots, onions, parsnips, pears and rutabagas, said Chuck Dentelbeck, director of operations for the DRC.

Beginning July 25, when a CFIA inspection is requested at destination for any commodity except potatoes, condition defects will be reported on the certificate, but they will not be scored against the grade and the product will not be detained for condition defects, he said.

In the case of potatoes, if the condition defects exceed the tolerances prescribed at destination, the product will be detained.