Links to Postharvest Information on the Web
Sources of Informationon the Internet
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Postharvest Equipment andSupplies
http://postharvest.ucdavis.edu Theon-line Postharvest Resource Directory can be searched by keyword for hundredsof supplies and a wide variety of postharvest equipment and tools. http://qasupplies.com The International RipeningCompany offers a wealth of products for handling produce from the identifyingmaturity in the field to managing the ripening room at the retaillevel.
Grades and Standards, Phyto-SanitaryRegulations
Agricultural Marketing Service at the U.S./>/> Department ofAgriculture
The Agricultural Marketing Service includes six commodityprograms--Cotton, Dairy, Fruit and Vegetable, Livestock and Seed, Poultry, andTobacco. The programs employ specialists who provide standardization, gradingand market news services for those commodities. They enforce such Federal Lawsas the Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act and the Federal Seed Act. AMScommodity programs also oversee marketing agreements and orders, administerresearch and promotion programs, and purchase commodities for Federal foodprograms.
http://www.aphis.usda.gov The mission ofthe Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is to protect America/>/>'sanimal and plant resources by:
-Safeguarding resources from exotic invasivepests and diseases,
-Monitoring and managing agricultural pests and diseasesexisting in the United States/>/>,
-Resolving and managing trade issues relatedto animal or plant health, and
-Ensuring the humane care and treatment ofanimals.
Alist of the APHIS/Plant Protection and Quarantine Manuals that are availableelectronically
Regulatingthe Importation of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables – (This complete handbook isavailable online).
http://www.bluebookprco.com/ TheProduce Reporter Company Blue Book Services allow members to check out vitalbusiness information such as credit ratings of potentialbuyers.
http://www.agoa.gov President Clinton signedthe African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) into law on May 18, 2000 as Title 1 of The Trade and Development Act of 2000. The Act offers tangible incentivesfor African countries to continue their efforts to open their economies andbuild free markets. Included in this website are a few the resources Africanbusinesses can use to either search or post information on the products orservices they wish to sell. Unless otherwise noted, the services provided bythese websites are free.
www.pma.com The ProduceMarketing Association, founded in 1949, is a not-for-profit global tradeassociation serving over 2,400 members who market fresh fruits, vegetables, andrelated products worldwide. Its members are involved in the production, distribution, retail, and foodservice sectors of theindustry.
http://foodsafe.ucdavis.edu University/>of California/>/>’s Food Safe program offers information for growers that assists intheir efforts to protect foodsafety
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition - Any pesticide usedin growing and post-harvest treatment of each produce item must be registeredfor use in the United States/>/> for the particular produce item. Pesticide residuesmust not exceed establishedlimits.
http://www.hort.cornell.edu/department/faculty/rangarajan/veggie/Foodsafety/foodsafety.htm Cornell/>University/>/>’s Good Agricultural Practices Program offers a free copy of agrower’s guide entitled Food Safety Begins on the Farm: Good AgriculturalPractices for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables.Postharvest HandingPractices
postharvest.ucdavis.edu Atthis University of California (UC) website you will find a wide range of factsheets on individual fruits and vegetables, temperature recommendations forstorage, links to suppliers of postharvest equipment and many reference articleson the postharvest handling ofperishables.