Fresh fruit and vegetable quality will come under the microscope with the formation this week of new

global organisation - the International Federation

for Produce Standards.

Incorporated in the UK, a member through the Fresh Produce Consortium, its secretariat is the US Produce Marketing Association and includes major organisations representing Chile, Canada, Norway and New Zealand.

FPC spokesman Douglas Patie said it was the result of an evolution from a body originally created to address the international harmonisation of industry-defined PLU codes. It would now be expanded to provide a forum to address additional issues that may emerge.

IFPS will focus on technologies, traceability, pesticides, legislative changes, implications for global trade and the promotion of good agricultural practices.

Jane Proctor, Canadian Produce Marketing Association and Stuart Johnston, United Fresh (NZ), will serve as its chairmen.