Vietnam: 9 additional requirements when importing cashews into the Northern European market

Published May 15, 2024

Tridge summary

The article outlines the key regulations and requirements for the export of cashew kernels, with a focus on the European market. It covers quality standards, food safety certification, corporate social responsibility, packaging, labeling, and the specifications for organic cashew nuts. European standards, including UNECE, are detailed, alongside the preference for GFSI-recognized food safety schemes. Social responsibility codes and labeling regulations, including the necessity for allergen warnings, are also highlighted. Additionally, the article notes the expansion of organic agriculture in the EU and the new organic law that aims to unify standards for both domestic and imported organic products.
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First, quality requirements. The quality of cashew kernels is determined by the percentage of defective products, by quantity or weight and by their size, shape and color. Specific requirements for cashew quality are established in a number of standards. The most widely applied standard in Europe is that established by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Similar but slightly different standards have also been developed by several producing countries such as India, Brazil, Vietnam, Tanzania, Kenya and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Second, food safety requirements, although food safety certification is not mandatory under European law, have become mandatory for most European food importers. Most European buyers will require certification recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). For cashews, the most popular certification schemes, all accredited by GFSI, are: International Featured Standards (IFS); British Retail Consortium Global ...
Source: Agriculture
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