| FOOD CHAIN No. 14 - March 1995 |
Report on an FAO Expert Consultation, Jogjakarta, Indonesia. 1988 ISBN 92-5-002836-9
This report in English, French and Spanish examines socio-economic aspects of street foods, food safety problems, and current vendor practices Recommendations are made for action to be taken to better assure consumer protection, while at the same time recognizing the importance of such foods to both vendors and consumers. Recommended to those working or interested in this area. A useful bibliography is included.
TECHNICAL GUIDELINES FOR MUSHROOM GROWING IN THE TROPICS
T H Quimio, S T Chang and D J Royse Published by FAO, Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy. ISBN 9251 03026X £9.50
This publication of 155 pages is easy to read and well illustrated. It includes the basic scientific principles which serious producers will need to understand It is aimed at growers using relatively low-cost, simple methods of cultivation. The last few pages consider the preservation of mushrooms by drying and canning. These last areas, particularly drying, perhaps deserve a little more space.
CREER UNE PETITE FROMAGERIE
Published by GRET, 213 Rue de la Fayette, 75010 Paris, France.
This small, well illustrated book in French, covers the different stages and methods of cheese manufacture. The information will prove useful initial reading to those considering the establishment of small artisan cheese plants in Africa. The second half of the book consists of short case studies from Algeria, Burundi, East Africa, Rwanda, Mali, Central African Republic and Tanzania
NRI PROCEDURES MANUAL FOR HORTICULTURAL EXPORT QUALITY ASSURANCE
As part of the UK Overseas Development Administration's adaptive research programme, NRI has developed a manual of procedures for horticultural export quality assurance. The manual is designed to assist exporters in developing countries to establish and maintain proper quality assurance procedures in order to meet the increasing customer demands and legislative requirements of the European market. It is a guide to enable exporters to develop their own systems which will be acceptable to the market. The manual has been endorsed by leading European importers and retailers as an acceptable baseline standard
It is a two part manual: the first being the preparation of the company's product management manual and other actions that must be taken to achieve the necessary quality and legislative requirements. The second part is a technical assurance guide covering water portability, packaging, pesticide management, standards, hygiene, transport, storage temperatures and associated EC legislation
The manual has been validated with growers and exporters for fine beans and mange tout in Kenya, and for grapes in India, and has been endorsed by COLEACP (Liaison Committee Europe - Africa - Caribbean - Pacific). It is available in English and a French translation is currently being prepared. It is intended that the manual be used as a part of an in-country training package for existing and new exporters of horticultural produce. For further details please contact Dr Nigel Poulter, Post-Harvest Horticulture Group, Natural Resources Institute, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime
Kent ME4 4TB, United Kingdom.