Fruit must be harvested at the correct time according to the cultivar and for the purpose intended.
Only fruit of sound internal and external quality may be certified and labelled as meeting Integrated Fruit Production standards. Standards for internal quality based on sound scientific evidence must be defined in regional or national guidelines wherever possible.
Where such quality standards are established, regional guidelines and standards must set out measures for checking the quality of fruit (including taste, firmness and internal condition if possible). A representative sample of fruit of each major variety (or cultivar group), from each orchard and from each store must be assessed for fruit quality before marketing.