The formulation of this Philippine National Standard for Fresh Fruits – Durian, PNS/BAFPS 12:2004 was initially undertaken in July 2001 under the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards (BAFPS)’ Technical Assistance on Safety and Quality Standards Covering Products of High Value Commercial Crops, in view of the increasing demand of the commodity for the domestic and export markets.

In 2003, the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards (BAFPS) conducted series of technical reviews and public consultations nationwide on the draft standards for fresh durian fruits prior to its approval.

The Technical Committee and Sub-Committees of BAFPS organized through Special Order No. 411, series of 2001 set the classification of fresh durian fruit based on their physical characteristics and current practices existing in the sectors concerned.

In the preparation of this standard the following documents were considered:

Department of Agriculture – Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, Brunei Darussalam. Durian Quality Management Manual – AAECP – Phase III:1999. Quality Assurance Systems for ASEAN Fruits Project (QASAF) – Fresh and Minimally Processed. DA – MIPR/1999. 98p.

Hiranpradit, H., N. I. CC Ungulasatian, S. Chandraparnik and S. Jantajoo.1992. Quality Standardization of Thai Durian, Durio zibethinus Murray. Acta Hortic. 321:695 -701.

Odtojan, Rufino C., Roman B. Armenio, Jr., Noel T. Estellena, Myrna S. Cantila and Juvy Astilla. 2000. Development of Quality Standard for Durian. RIARC, Department of Agriculture, Bago, Oshiro, Davao City.

Pamplona, Pablito P. and Marisa E. Garcia. Technoguide to Durian Production University of Southern Mindanao (USM) and Central Mindanao Agriculture and Resources Research and Development Consortium (CEMARRDEC) 77 p.

Sonthat, Nanthachi (ed) 1994. Durian: Fruit Development, Postharvest Physiology, Handling and Marketing in ASEAN Food Handling Bureau, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 156 p.



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