N America News May 2017

NORTHAMERICANEWS / MAY 2017 11 NEWS , The process of cold treatment is used to exterminate insects and larvae in perishable cargo by maintaining a sufficient low temperature for a pre-determined period says George Radu of Thomas Miller Americas, adding that it is a more efficient way to exterminate fruit insects than fumigation. “The period and temperature required are defined in protocols established by the relevant authorities of the import- ing countries” he comments. “The Club has recently seen an increase in refrigerated cargo claims for fresh fruit from South America to the United States due to cold treatment failure. Cold treatment failure delays the ar- rival of the cargo to the US, and excessive delays in the transit time result in the fruit becoming unmarketable or being sold at a much lower price. To prevent cold treatment failure, Radu outlines the below proce- dures that need to be carried out by the shipper: • Calibrate all air and pulp tem- perature sensors in a clean ice water slurry mixture that is 0C (32 F); • Fruit intended for in transit cold treatment must be pre- cooled to the temperature at which the fruit will be treated prior to beginning treatment. If pulp temperatures are .28C (0.5 F) or more above the temperature at which the fruit will be treated, the pallet will remain for further precooling; • Each container compartment must contain only one type of fruit and loaded in one type of carton; • Load fruit directly from the precooling area so fruit temperatures do not rise significantly after loading and during transfer of the contain- er to the ship and; • Open the cartons in which the sensors will be located and insert the sensors into the fruit. The tip of the sensor must not extend through the fruit. 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Fruit pulp temper- atures must be maintained at the temperature specified in the treatment schedule with no more than a 0.39C (0.7 F) variation in temperature between two consecutive hourly readings. Failure to comply could result in treatment failure. “After the cold treatment and before the ship arrives at port, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will obtain the clearance officer’s copy of the calibration documents from the ship’s officer. USDA and the ship’s officer will retrieve the temperature printout and review the readings. “The authorised official will then release the shipment for carriage to the United States if all require- ments have been met. However, if irregularities are not consistent with treatment requirements, the shipment will be held for further evaluation. “Members should be aware that the precooling and loading of the sensors are carried out at the shipper’s premises. If the refrigeration unit is set at the cor- rect temperature and there are temperature irregularities shortly after receipt by the carrier at the load terminal, then it can be concluded that the cold treatment failure is due to the shipper’s lack of precooling or calibrating the sensors. 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