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matthewcc

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Posted 02 April 2024 - 10:24 PM

Hi all, I was wondering what the industry standard is for temperature for treatment of wooden pallets that are used for storage of finished goods and sending out for treatment, and any other standards for such pallets.

 

We have been heat-treating ours, but I wanted to see if the IPPC stamp is what we should have as our standard.

 

We are certified for SQF and NSF GMP and produce dietary supplements in the United States.

 

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Matthew



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Posted 03 April 2024 - 04:32 AM

IPPC says >56°C and >30mins (conventionally like oven) in order to get an HT (heat treatment) stamp.

A marine shipment may last over a month.

 

Also, excerpt from FAO's ISPM15:

The treatments described in Annex 1 (including heat treatment) are considered to be significantly effective against most pests of living trees associated with wood packaging material used in international trade. These treatments are combined with the use of debarked wood for construction of wood packaging, which also acts to reduce the likelihood of reinfestation by pests of living trees.


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