EXPORT SPOILAGE LOSSES CUT
USDA's Agricultural Research Service, the Department of the Army, and the Defense Supply Agency (DSA) recently completed a joint program of research leading to substantially reduced spoilage losses in overseas shipments of iceberg lettuce. The research was undertaken to compare the cost-effectiveness of supplying the armed forces commissaries at overseas bases with U.S.-grown, iceberg lettuce by air and by surface transportation in refrigerated van containers. When similar studies were conducted 3 years ago, losses to some DOD overseas shipments were as high as 25 to 30 percent. The joint ARS-DSA project has shown that, with proper care in selecting, packaging, loading, and refrigerating, iceberg lettuce can be safely shipped to a number of overseas commissaries with as little as 1 to 2 percent spoilage losses by air, and 6 to 7 percent losses by surface.
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- NICHOLAS, C J
- Publication Date: 1974-3
- Pagination: 7 p.
- TRT Terms: Exports; Farm produce; Perishables; Refrigerated cargo; Stowage; Temperature control (Structures)
- Old TRIS Terms: Agricultural exports; Cargo stowage; Cargo temperature control
- Subject Areas: Construction; Freight Transportation; Marine Transportation;
- Accession Number: 00057107
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Agricultural Marketing Service
- Report/Paper Numbers: Yearbook
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jul 31 1974 12:00AM