AGQ Labs South Africa ensuring the Quality of Fruit Exports for the Stone Fruit Season
Stone fruit producers and exporters are once again facing the challenges of meeting the strict export requirements to access markets as demanding as those in Europe and the United Kingdom.
The use of pesticides in stone fruit production, can vary based on factors such as the specific pest pressures, geographic areas, and local regulations. In South Africa, where stone fruit cultivation is prominent, growers use a range of pre and post -harvest pesticides to protect their crops.
When using pesticides in stone fruit production, it’s essential to follow specific guidelines regarding the harvest interval and Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs). These guidelines are designed to ensure that the fruit is safe for consumption and complies with regulatory standards. Compliance with MRLs is essential for exporting stone fruits, as exceeding these limits can result in rejected shipments or trade disruptions.
Additionally, postharvest pesticides are chemicals used to protect stone fruits from diseases and pests that can occur after they have been harvested. These pesticides are applied after the fruits have been picked and are typically used to extend their shelf life and maintain their quality.
Suitability of products for overseas markets
At AGQ Labs, we specialize in assisting South African exporters, producers, and packhouses in ensuring the suitability of their products for overseas markets. We take pride in being the exclusive pesticide laboratory in South Africa that provides an additional control report, which encompasses any potential residues that could be flagged at the destination port. With our comprehensive reports and international IAS Accreditation, you can rest assured that your product meets 100% compliance standards.
On top of that, this season, we’re offering an exclusive post-harvest pesticide screening at the most competitive price.
Make us your trusted laboratory partner, and your stone fruit will reach the destination of your choice.
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