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Israel Admitted to International Standards Group

Israel was admitted here today to a unit of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the 20-member body that includes 18 West European nations, plus the United States and Canada. The organization’s Council, meeting here, announced that Israel has been admitted to the OECD “scheme” for international standards for fruit and vegetables.

The “scheme” is designed to insure that products entering trade among the OECD countries conform with agreed standards in regard to quality and homogeneity. OECD standardization is regarded as an essential economic factor in the trade in perishable products, where transport and marketing are a constant problem. Israel is the first non-member country of OECD admitted to this “scheme” and, so far, the only non-member in the plan. Its admission is generally regarded here as a further step in Israel’s participation in the OECD’s work.

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