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Traceability of pinecones and pine nuts


Brief description of the instrument and its modus operandi

Ensuring traceability of pineapples and pine nuts at all stages of production, processing and distribution, and encouraging the development of fair trade practices pineapple and pine nuts.

Which problem the instrument is supposed to solve?

Developing pine nuts, like the rest of the food is subject to traceability requirements under Regulation (EC) n. 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 laying down the general principles and requirements of food law, establishing the European food Safety Authority and laying down procedures in matters of food safety are set. // However, the peculiarities of this production which, in a majority, the use of pine forests is made by companies that do not own them, exceedingly difficult to define a procedure for accreditation of traceability.

Purpose or main objective / overall goal of the instrument?

Through this tool the accreditation procedure of traceability is regulated in pine nuts from pinecones trading and within the scope of Castilla y León.

Side objectives/goals of the instrument?

In this context, the product quality will increase, considering the wholesale and processing of pinecones and pine nuts.

Innovation content or potential of the instrument?

To ensure traceability of pineapples and pine nuts at all stages of production, processing and distribution, and to encourage the development of fair trade practices pineapple and pine nuts.

Which laws and regulations support the implement of this instrument?

ORDER AYG/1815/2008.

The initiator/promoter of the instrument?


Which organizations are involved in the operationalization of the instrument?

Junta de Castilla y León.

How the monitoring is ensured?

This is pretty good NWFP legislated so that the monitoring of the entire process from which the resource is harvested until it reaches the final consumer, is well defined. Exploitation is defined by the issuance of a license utilization. During collection, in line with the law, you can determine the traceability of the product at all times. In the face of marketing, again through legislation rating for a specific business trading ensures pine nuts and pineapples.

How the compliance is ensured?

In Pinecones and pine nuts case, only licensed collectors can make the sale of pineapples industries buyers and intermediaries.

How is the overall performance of the instrument?

The pine and pine nuts are definitely the best case legislated resource, defined and protected. From the territories of exploitation, the registered companies that can perform the development, public market negotiation tables, product traceability and marketing standards thereof, ensure quality end product. Its projection is the community of Castilla y León and national level. According to data given by the Junta de Castilla y León, production has fallen pine nuts. The poor performance pine nuts detected in the 2012-2013 campaign, which has been reduced to 1.8%, is due to the high percentage of vain pine nuts observed in the samples, which has reached an average value of 47%. The causes of this decline in performance will be investigated with studies devoted to obtain performance data from the 2013/2014 campaign and identify possible causes of the high percentage of empty sprockets identified in this campaign.


Order FYM/744/2012 Order MAM/341/2008 R/R 30/2009 Order AYG/1815 Stakeholders consultation Junta de Castilla y León newsletter and mail consultation

Brief description of the context for the emergence of the instrument

The 2013-2014 campaign was characterized by a lower production of which is remembered and coincides with a period in which there has been a 50 % performance pinion pineapple doing even more problematic obtaining valuable product ( Pine nuts) Pineapple production has fallen alarmingly making numerous forests in the forest associated to the Province of Valladolid foresters association is not going to make the harvest because it is below the limit of the profitability. The droughts of recent years and the smaller crop pests have made this 2013-2014 campaign is of a worse recall of the last 10 years. Private owners are concerned about the decline of the pineapple harvest, only income earned by forest owners who see this year, do not produce pinecone. Forest owners can expect to provide solutions to the dispersion and fragmentation of forest properties, urgent and necessary to be performing groups and land consolidation, as these lands were left out of the proceedings initiated on farms.

Have any of the items mentioned above changed since the instrument entered into force?


Is there any qualitative or quantitative study of the impacts of the instrument?

Yes, please specify


Pinecones and pine nuts: pending to stakeholders answer

Year 2008
Policy area
Affected activity
Affected actors Landowner/land manager, Picker/harvester/hunter
Products Nuts, Other NWFP
Countries Spain
Regions (NUTS 2) Castile and León
Focus on NWFP
Document category
Instrument type
Legal status
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Geographical scope Local
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