The formulation of this Philippine National Standard for Bulb onion, PNS/BAFPS 14:2004 was prepared by the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards (BAFPS). The Bulb Onion Standards of the FTI in 1969 and Standards of NFA in 1982 were used as references to reformat the standards in accordance with the BPS Standards guidelines. This standard is harmonized with Canada and US standards.
This Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards (BAFPS) conducted a series of technical reviews and public consultations specifically in Nueva Ecija and Ilocos Sur on t h e 3r d Quarter of 2003. Comments from the stakeholders were considered prior to its approval.
In 2003, the Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Product Standards (BSFPS) conducted series of technical reviews and public consultations nationwide on the draft standards for fresh durian fruits prior to its approval.
BAFPS technical committee for bulb onion standards was composed of government and private sectors. The committee was chaired by the academe from the University of the Philippines at Los Baños and was co-chaired by NOGROCOMA. Other committee members involved were NAFC, BPI, DAPALSD, BPRE, DA-AMAS, FTI, Philippine Seed Growers Association and Union of Onion Growers in the Philippines.
In the preparation of this standard the following documents were considered:
Coates, L.T. Cooke, D. Persley, B. Beattie, N. Wade and R. Ridgway, 1995, Postharvest Diseases of Horticultural Product: Tropical Fruit (Vol. 2). Manager Publishing Services, Department of Primary Industries, Australia.
Mendoza, D.B. and R.H.H. Wills. 1984.Mango: Fruit Development, Postharvest Physiology and Marketing in ASEAN. ASEAN Food Handling Bureau, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Organic Fruit and Vegetables from the Tropics. United Nations. New York and Geneva, 2003. Pp 109-118.
Pesticide residues in food. 1993. Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme. Codex Alimentarius Supplement One to Volume Two. Codex Alimentarius Com mission. United Nations. World Health Organization, Rome.
Philippine National Standards: Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – Mangoes (Mangifera indica Linn.) Grading and Classification. PNS 168:1991; Bureau of Product Standards, Department of Trade and Industry, Makati, Philippines.