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Document 01981R1292-20050106

Consolidated text: Commission Regulation (EEC) No 1292/81 of 12 May 1981 laying down the marketing standard for aubergines


1981R1292 — EN — 06.01.2005 — 006.001

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of 12 May 1981

laying down the marketing standard for aubergines

(OJ L 129, 15.5.1981, p.38)

Amended by:



Official Journal





Commission Regulation (EEC) No 1076/89 of 26 April 1989 

  L 114




Commission Regulation (EC) No 888/97 of 16 May 1997 

  L 126




COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1135/2001 of 8 June 2001

  L 154




COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 46/2003 of 10 January 2003

  L 7




COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 1757/2003 of 3 October 2003

  L 252




COMMISSION REGULATION (EC) No 907/2004 of 29 April 2004

  L 163






of 12 May 1981

laying down the marketing standard for aubergines



Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Economic Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EEC) No 1035/72 of 18 May 1972 on the common organization of the market in fruit and vegetables ( 1 ), as last amended by Regulation (EEC) No 1116/81 ( 2 ), and in particular Article 2 (2) thereof,

Whereas Regulation (EEC) No 1208/79 ( 3 ) and Regulation (EEC) No 1315/80 ( 4 ) added respectively leeks, and aubergines and courgettes to Annex I to Regulation (EEC) No 1035/72 listing the products for delivery fresh to the consumer which are covered by quality standards;

Whereas it is therefore necessary to lay down such quantity standards for those products;

Whereas the standards are to apply at all stages of marketing; whereas transportation over a long distance, storage for a certain length of time or the various handling operations to which the products are subject may bring about deterioration because of the biological development of the products or their tendency to perish; whereas, therefore, account should be taken of such deterioration when applying the standards at the stages of marketing following dispatch;

Whereas the measures provided for in this Regulation are in accordance with the opinion of the Management Committee for Fruit and Vegetables,


Article 1

1.   ►M6  The marketing standard for aubergines, falling within CN code 0709 30 00, shall be as set out in the Annex. ◄

2.  Those standards shall apply at all stages of marketing, under the conditions laid down in Regulation (EEC) No 1035/72.

However, at the stages following dispatch, the product may show, in relation to the standards prescribed,

 a slight of freshness and turgescence, and/or

 slight deterioration due to their development and their tendency to perish.

Article 2

This Regulation shall enter into force on the third day following its publication in the Official Journal of the European Communities.

It shall apply with effect from:

▼M1 —————


 1 July 1981 for aubergines and courgettes.

This Regulation shall be binding in its entirety and directly applicable in all Member States.






This standard applies to aubergines, fruit of the varieties (cultivars) grown from Solanum melongena L. var. esculentum, insanum and ovigerum, to be supplied fresh to the consumer, aubergines for industrial processing being excluded.

According to their shape, a distinction is made between:

 elongated aubergines,

 globus aubergines.


The purpose of the standard is to define the quality requirements of aubergines after preparation and packaging.

A.   Minimum requirements

In all classes, subject to the special provisions for each class and the tolerances allowed, the aubergines must be:


 fresh in appearance,


 sound; produce affected by rotting or deterioration such as to make it unfit for consumption is excluded,

 clean, practically free of any visible foreign matter,

 provided with calyx and peduncle which may be slightly damaged,

 sufficiently developed, without their flesh being fibrous or woody and without over development of seeds (subject to the special provisions for Class III),

 free of abnormal external moisture,

 free of any foreign smell and/or taste.

The development and condition of the aubergines must be such as to enable them:

 to withstand transport and handling, and

 to arrive in satisfactory condition at the place of destination.

B.   Classification

Aubergines are classified into three classes defined below:

(i)   Class I

Aubergines in this class must be of good quality and must possess the characteristics of the variety. They must also be practically free from sunburn. They may, however, show the following slight defects provided that these do not impair the general appearance, quality, conservation or presentation of the produce:

 slight defect of shape,

 slight discolouration at the base,

 slight bruising and/or slight healed cracks provided that they do not cover more than 3 cm2.

(ii)   Class II

This class comprises aubergines which do not qualify for inclusion in Class I, but satisfy the minimum requirements specified above. Provided they retain their essential characteristics of quality and presentation, they may show the following defects:

 defects of shape,

 defects of colouring,

 slight sun-scorched provided it does not cover more than 4 cm2,

 slight dry superficial defects provided that they do not cover more than 4 cm2.

▼M2 —————



The sizing of aubergines is determined:

 either by the maximum diameter of the equatorial section on the longitudinal axis,

 or by weight.

A. For sizing by diameter, the minimum diameter is fixed at 40 mm for elongated aubergines and 70 mm for globus aubergines.

The difference between the smallest and largest aubergines in the same package must not exceed:

 20 mm for elongated aubergines,

 25 mm for globus aubergines.

B.  For sizing by weight, the minimum weight is fixed at 100 grams. The following scale must be complied with:

 100 to 300 grams with a maximum difference of 75 grams between the smallest and largest aubergines in the same package,

 300 to 500 grams with a maximum difference of 100 grams between the smallest and largest aubergines in the same package,

 above 500 grams with a maximum difference of 250 grams between the smallest and largest aubergines in the same package.

Compliance with the sizing scale is compulsory for Class I. In addition, elongated aubergines must have a minimum length, excluding peduncle, of 80 mm.


The size requirements shall not apply to miniature produce ( 5 ).



Tolerances in respect of quality and size are allowed in each package for produce not satisfying the requirements of the class indicated.

A.   Quality tolerances

(i)   Class I

10 % by number or weight of aubergines not satisfying the requirements for the class, but meeting those for Class II or, exceptionally, coming within the tolerances for that class.

(ii)   Class II

10 % by number or weight of aubergines satisfying neither the requirements for the class nor the minimum requirements, with the exception of produce affected by rotting, marked bruising, unhealed cracks or any other deterioration rendering it unfit for consumption.

▼M2 —————


B.   Size tolerances

(i)   Class I

10 % by number or weight of aubergines conforming to the size immediately below or above that specified on the package.

(ii)   Class II ►M2   ◄

10 % by number or weight of aubergines not conforming to the minimum size. In any case, the tolerance is not applicable to aubergines the diameter of which is more than 5 mm below the minimum diameter or, in the case of sizing weight, to aubergines weighing less than 90 grams.


A.   Uniformity

The contents of each package should be uniform and contain only aubergines of the same origin, commercial type, quality and size (where sizing is compulsory) and appreciably the same degree of development and colouring.

►M2   ◄ .

Elongated aubergines packed in the same package must be sufficiently uniform as regards length.


Miniature aubergines must be reasonably uniform in size. They may be mixed with other miniature products of a different type and origin.


The visible part of the contents of each package must be representative of the entire contents.


Notwithstanding the preceding provisions in this point, products covered by this Regulation may be mixed, in sales packages  of a net weight of three kilograms or less ◄ , with different types of fresh fruit and vegetables on the conditions laid down by Commission Regulation (EC) No 48/2003 ( 6 ).


B.   Packaging

The aubergines must be packed in such a way as to ensure proper protection of the produce.

The materials used inside the package must be new, clean and of a quality such as to avoid causing any external or internal damage to the produce. The use of materials, and particularly of paper or stamps, bearing trade specifications is allowed, provided that the printing or labelling has been done with a non-toxic ink or glue. The packages must be free from all foreign matter.


Stickers individually affixed on product shall be such as, when removed, neither to leave visible traces of glue, nor to lead to skin defects.



Each package must bear the following particulars, in letters grouped on the same side, legibly and indelibly marked and visible from the outside:


A.   Identification

The name and the address of the packer and/or the dispatcher

This mention may be replaced:

 for all packages with the exception of pre-packages, by the officially issued or accepted code mark representing the packer and/or the dispatcher, indicated in close connection with the reference ‘Packer and/or Dispatcher’ (or equivalent abbreviations);

 for pre-packages only, by the name and the address of a seller established within the Community indicated in close connection with the mention ‘Packed for:’ or an equivalent mention. In this case, the labelling shall also include a code representing the packer and/or the dispatcher. The seller shall give all information deemed necessary by the inspection body as to the meaning of this code.


B.   Nature of produce

 ‘aubergines’, if the contents are not visible from the outside,

 name of variety (optional).

C.   Origin of produce

 country of origin and, optionally, district where grown or national, regional or local place name.

D.   Commercial specifications


 size (where applicable) expressed:


 either by maximum and minimum diameters, when sizing is by diameter,

 or by maximum and minimum weights, when sizing is by weight.


 ‘mini aubergines’, ‘baby aubergines’ or other appropriate term for miniature produce, where appropriate. Where several types of miniature produce are mixed in the same package, all products and their respective origins must be mentioned.


E.   Official control mark (optional)


Packages need not to bear the particulars mentioned in the first subparagraph, when they contain sales packages, clearly visible from the outside, and all bearing these particulars. These packages shall be free from any indications such as could mislead. When these packages are palletised, the particulars shall be given on a notice placed in an obvious position on at least two sides of the pallet.

▼M6 —————

( 1 ) OJ No L 118, 20. 5. 1972, p. 1.

( 2 ) OJ No L 118, 30. 4. 1981, p. 1.

( 3 ) OJ No L 153, 21. 6. 1979, p. 1.

( 4 ) OJ No L 134, 31. 5. 1980, p. 20.

( 5 ) Miniature produce means a variety or cultivar of aubergine, obtained by plant breeding and/or special cultivation techniques, excluding aubergines of non-miniature varieties which have not fully developed or are of inadequate size. All other requirements of the standards must be met.

( 6 ) OJ L 7, 11.1.2003, p. 65.