This standard applies to onions of varieties grown from Allium cepa L. Cepa group of the Amarilidaceae family, to be supp lied fresh to the consumer. The purpose of the standard is to define the quality requirements for onions after preparation and packaging. However, if applied at stages following packaging, onions may show in relation to the requirements of the standard:

 ⎯ a slight lack of freshness and turgidity;
⎯ a slight deterioration due to their development and their tendency to perish.

Green onions with full leaves as well as onions intended for industrial processing are excluded.