France’s grain industry agreed to rules requiring physically-traded soft wheat to specify protein content, part of an effort to boost quality, inter-professional organization Intercereales said.
Intercereales’ general assembly on Dec. 3 voted for protein to be included in the specifications of traded lots, and the Paris-based trade group has asked authorities to make this a regulatory obligation, according to an e-mailed statement dated Dec. 4 sent yesterday.
“Intercereales is committed to improving the protein levels in French soft wheat,” the group said. “This agreement should come into force as of of July 1, 2014 for industrials and exporters, and with the 2015 harvest for growers.”
France’s soft-wheat quality is a “major issue,” with relatively low protein levels hurting competition in export markets, Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll said Oct. 11. The country’s wheat exports were valued at 3.92 billion euros ($5.37 billion) last year, Eurostat trade data show.
Average protein content in France’s soft wheat fell to 11.2 percent this year from 11.4 percent in 2012, according to crop office FranceAgriMer. Egypt, the world’s biggest wheat importer, demands 11.5 percent, according to grain cooperative Dijon Cereales.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/french-grain-industry-agrees-to-specify-soft-wheat-protein-level-1)