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DRAFT EXPORT STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS: FRESH VEGETABLES:             Page 11 of
GINGER
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                                                      GINGER

11.      The standards and requirements for ginger are as follows:

Minimum standards

      (1)   Subject to the standards and requirements for Class 1 and Class 2 ginger
and the permissible deviations, ginger shall --

                  (a)       be free from decay: Provided that up to 1% decay is permissible;

                  (b)       be free from foreign material (e.g. small stones);

                  (c)       be free from foreign plant material (e.g. nutgrass);

                  (d)       be free from insect damage: Provided that up to 3% insect damage
                            is permissible and provided further that holes left by roots and
                            resembling insect holes are not regarded as a deviation;

                  (e)       be free from blemishes;

                  (f)       be free from cracks;

                  (g)       be free from mechanical damage;

                  (h)       be free from injuries: Provided that a deviation of 3% is permis-
                            sible;

                  (i)       be free from abnormal external moisture;

                  (j)       be free from sprouts: Provided that a deviation of 5% is permissible
                            for Class 1 and a deviation of 10% is permissible for Class 2;

                  (k)       be free from frost damage;

                  (l)       be free from sun-scorch;

                  (m)       be free from visible soil: Provided that 1,5% of the units which are
                            soiled are permissible;

                  (n)       be free from foreign odours;




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                  (o)       be free from any other factors that affect or may affect the quality of
                            the ginger detrimentally;

                  (p)       be free from abrasions: Provided that light abrasion that have been
                            dried properly is allowable for young ginger if it does not detrimen-
                            tally affect the quality of the ginger;

                  (q)       be fresh and firm: Provided that a deviation of 1,5% with regard to
                            withering is permissible;

                  (r)       be of a colour typical of the cultivar concerned;

                  (s)       be intact: Provided that up to 3% (m/m) fresh broken pieces are
                            permissible;

                  (t)       be uniform in size and colour;

                  (u)       be air dried properly before packing;

                  (v)       preferably have a gloss;

                  (w)       be washed;

                  (x)       be treated with a suitable fungicide; and

                  (y)       contain no chemical residues which exceed the prescribed interna-
                            tional limits or the limits of the country of import.

Packing and sorting requirements

         (2)      (a)       Class 1 and Class 2 ginger shall be sorted and packed according to
                            mass in the following groups:

                            (i)      Hands (rhizomes) - at least 150 g each; and

                            (ii)     fingers (segments) - at least 75 g but not more than 150 g
                                     each.

                  (b)       The mass of the heaviest hand or finger may not be more than
                            twice the mass of the lightest hand or finger in the same packing.




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                      DIRECTORATE PLANT HEALTH AND QUALITY
Private Bag X258, Pretoria, 0001, SOUTH AFRICA                    Tel: +27 12 319 6029   Fax: +27 12 319 6055
                                            Visit our website: www.nda.agric.za
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                  (c)       The minimum diameter of a finger (segment) shall be 32 mm in the
                            case of:

                            (i)      Hands - measures at the thickest part of the largest finger
                                     (segment) in the hand; or

                            (ii)     fingers - measured at the thickest part of the finger.

Permissible deviations with regard to quality standards

      (3)   Class 1 and Class 2 ginger may deviate from the minimum standards with
5% by mass: Provided that the individual deviations set for the quality factors may not
be exceeded.

Permissible deviations with regard to packing and sorting requirements

         (4)      Class 1 and Class 2 ginger may deviate --

                  (a)       by 10% (m/m) from the prescribed minimum size for the hand (rhi-
                            zome); and

                  (b)       by 10% (m/m) from the minimum diameter for the finger (segment).

Marking requirements

      (5)   Subject to the provisions of item 8(1): Part I each container in which Class
1 and Class 2 ginger are packed, shall be marked in letters or numerals of at least
10 mm in height directly below the class indication with:

                  (a)       the mass group; and

                  (b)       in the case of ginger fingers the expression "ginger fingers" or
                            "fingers".




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                      DIRECTORATE PLANT HEALTH AND QUALITY
Private Bag X258, Pretoria, 0001, SOUTH AFRICA                    Tel: +27 12 319 6029   Fax: +27 12 319 6055
                                            Visit our website: www.nda.agric.za

				
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