Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Registered Produce Warehouse (RPW) Program Manual of Procedures
1. Introduction

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1.1 History

Around 1930, compulsory inspection for interprovincial shipments was initiated, the intent of which was to protect and secure markets in neighbouring provinces.

In 1935, the Division implemented a program known as The Registered Potato Warehouse Program. This enabled quality packers of potatoes situated in a province with compulsory potato inspection to ship inter-provincially without any inspection.

In 1965, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations were introduced under the Canada Agricultural Products Standards Act which was promulgated in 1955. These Regulations had two parts regarding interprovincial movement. The first part stipulated the fruits or vegetables that were to be inspected in each province before shipping. The second part introduced Registered Establishments. The new Registered Establishment Program, commonly referred to as the Registered Produce Warehouse (RPW) Program, was the same program as the Registered Potato Warehouse Program, however, the range of products eligible for exemption was broadened.

A Frequency of Inspection Level (F.O.I.L.) program was instituted in 1982 in order that RPW's could be monitored on an ongoing basis. Under this program, produce packed within a RPW is inspected routinely and the frequency of inspection is varied according to the establishment's ability to pack to quality standards.

Today, the regulatory basis for Registered Establishments is contained in Part X of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations (FFVR) made pursuant to the Canada Agricultural Products Act (CAPA).This section stands alone and establishments which prepare commodities for which the FFVR establish grades may become Registered Establishments. However, the most common commodities will be apples and potatoes, for which the FFVR exempt RPW's from the mandatory shipping point inspections.

1.2 Inspection Philosophy of the Registered Produce Warehouse Program

With this program, the packers are responsible for the quality of their production. The inspector's role is to evaluate the consistency of a RPW to pack a quality product and to assist packers to interpret the regulatory grade standards.

The success of this program relies on the diligence of the inspector to apply the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Regulations and procedures properly.

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