Under the title “Quality Issues and Regulation Affecting Current Grain Markets” Mr. Johny Boerjan Vice President, Technical Governance, SGS Agricultural Services delivered a presentation at Global Grain in Geneva on 18th November 2009 covering the vast subject of risk associated with grain markets and legislation affecting them. Part of the conclusion of his presentation referred to technical data and facts and that certain buying countries had modified their quality parameters, and in particular, Egypt and Jordan had tightened their specifications limits for bug damage to 1% Maximum and 0.8% maximum respectively. In this context he gave an example of Black Sea origins, where Russia and Ukraine averages for bug damage of the current crop were 2.6% and 4.6% respectively being general averages over all wheat grades and all production regions. He clearly pointed out that these were average results and placed a strong emphasis on the fact that SGS’s testing had showed that specific wheat grades in specific regions have significantly lower bug damage and of high quality perfectly conforming to these import quality requirements.
Mr. Boerjan’s message to the gathering of traders in agricultural commodities was one of prudence and an insistence that only with careful controls and a good independent testing regime will they ensure they can meet the buyers requirements. At no time did Mr. Boerjan suggest a preference for grains from any other origin nor did he suggest that there might be a drop in export origins from Russia or Ukraine.
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