WINNIPEG, Feb. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - How do customers in international
markets learn about the quality of Canada's pulse crops? Through the
Canadian Grain Commission's annual harvest and export quality reports.
Harvest quality reports are now available for western Canadian chick
peas, peas, pea beans and lentils at www.grainscanada.gc.ca.
"Our analytical tests showed that, in general, the overall quality of
the 2011 crop was good for all pulses," explains Ning Wang, Program
Manager of Pulse Research in the Canadian Grain Commission's Grain
Research Laboratory. "In 2011, the weather was favorable across most of
the pulse growing area, contributing to higher quality."
For each of the four crops analyzed, our researchers gathered quality
Cooking quality (only for peas and pea beans)
Dehulling quality (only for red lentils)
Harvest quality reports are used to market Canadian pulses to domestic
and export customers. Quality data describes to export customers how
Canadian pulses will perform in various end-use products. For example,
a food manufacturer from China could use starch from Canadian peas to
make vermicelli, a type of starch noodle. The amount of starch in peas
and functionality of the starch would determine the quantity and
quality of pea starch noodles.
The Canadian Grain Commission is the federal agency responsible for
establishing and maintaining Canada's grain quality standards. Its
programs result in shipments of grain that consistently meet contract
specifications for quality, safety and quantity. The Canadian Grain
Commission regulates the grain industry to protect producers' rights
and ensure the integrity of grain transactions.
SOURCE Canadian Grain Commission
For further information:
Program Manager, Pulse Research
Canadian Grain Commission