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10 February – World Pulses Day

The United Nations declared 10 February as the World Pulses Day, which is celebrated from 2019, with the aim of emphasizing the importance of this food and the role it might play in achieving the goals of the UN SDG Agenda till 2030.

Lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans and butter beans and hundreds more different species are grown all over the world. They were once considered a poor man’s food, but now they are recognized as cheap and highly nutritious food, and their consumption contributes to a more sustainable world. They need small quantities of fertilizers for their growth, and they also thrive in semi-arid areas. ISO has many standards for pulses that help facilitate fair and equitable international trade and to ensure they make their way safely from the farm to the kitchen pot.

Serbian standards in this field, which are identical to the International standards, are adopted by the ISS National Technical Committees: E034-4, Cereals, pulses and cereals products and E034-1, Food Safety Management Systems.
The list of Serbian standards adopted by these NTCs comprises of the following standards: - Standards series SRPS ISO 6322, Storage of cereals and pulses, - Standards series SRPS ISO 6639, Cereals and pulses – Determination of hidden insect infestation, - SRPS ISO 605:2012, Pulses – Determination of impurities, size, foreign odours, insects, and species and variety – Test methods, - SRPS ISO 24557:2013, Pulses – Determination of moisture content – Air-oven method, - SRPS EN ISO 22000:2018, Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain.