To address all contingencies, we work closely with transportation personnel, logistical personnel, receivers, surveyors, and other experts to make sure our plan helps control variables such as temperature or excessive movement of product.
Temperature control is what it is all about when it comes to preserving the quality and value of fruit from harvest to market. FPA has developed a comprehensive and innovative approach to controlling temperature. We start with a pre-fumigation process that begins onboard ship and extends through the unloading of the cargo and its fumigation, helping keep strict control of the temperature of the warehouse and the fumigant gas.
For post-fumigation, our goal is to re-establish the cold chain as quickly and effectively as possible and prevent condensation that may cause spotting—all to preserve the fruit's quality and value.
We have also invented a fumigation system that can be installed in a warehouse. This permits back-to-back, large-scale fumigations of 4,000 to 6,000 pallets or more—a real time-saver when a large ship is being unloaded. Our warehouse system includes a patented method of sealing the chamber* to the floor that is far safer, less labor-intensive, and faster than other methods.
Also, in partnership with the U.S. government, FPA helped improve the accuracy and effectiveness of monitoring devices for full accountability in the fumigation process.
* U.S. Patent No. 7,435,378