B-176012(2), B-176131, AUG 21, 1973

B-176012(2),B-176131: Aug 21, 1973

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WHILE WE HAVE DENIED AMIGO'S PROTEST IN OUR DECISION OF TODAY (COPY ENCLOSED). THIS RECOMMENDATION IS BASED UPON THE BELIEF THAT MORE STRINGENT SPECIFICATIONS GOVERNING THE ACCEPTABILITY OF PERISHABLE ITEMS AT THEIR DESTINATION WILL SERVE TO INCREASE COMPETITION BY ELIMINATING THE NECESSITY TO RESTRICT COMPETITION TO GROWERS OR THEIR AFFILIATES.

B-176012(2), B-176131, AUG 21, 1973

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TO LT. GEN. WALLACE H. ROBINSON, JR.:

WE REFER TO A LETTER DATED JUNE 23, 1972, AND SUBSEQUENT CORRESPONDENCE, FROM THE ASSISTANT COUNSEL CONCERNING THE PROTEST OF AMIGO FOODS CORPORATION (AMIGO) AGAINST THE PROCUREMENT POLICIES OF THE DEFENSE PERSONNEL SUPPORT CENTER (DPSC) IN REGARD TO THE PURCHASE OF FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.

WHILE WE HAVE DENIED AMIGO'S PROTEST IN OUR DECISION OF TODAY (COPY ENCLOSED), WE WISH TO BRING TO YOUR ATTENTION THE RECOMMENDATION IN OUR REPORT ENTITLED, "POLICIES FOR PROCUREMENT OF FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES BY THE DEFENSE SUPPLY AGENCY", B-176012, B-176131 DATED JUNE 25, 1973, COPY ENCLOSED, THAT CONSIDERATION BE GIVEN TO THE POSSIBILITY OF DEVELOPING TIGHTER SPECIFICATIONS FOR USE IN THE PROCUREMENT OF PRODUCE. THIS RECOMMENDATION IS BASED UPON THE BELIEF THAT MORE STRINGENT SPECIFICATIONS GOVERNING THE ACCEPTABILITY OF PERISHABLE ITEMS AT THEIR DESTINATION WILL SERVE TO INCREASE COMPETITION BY ELIMINATING THE NECESSITY TO RESTRICT COMPETITION TO GROWERS OR THEIR AFFILIATES.