To help improve industry quality, the National Mango Board is releasing a mango postharvest best management practice manual.
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The National Mango Board is releasing a mango postharvest best management practice manual.
Released by the Gainesville-based University of Floridaâs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in December, the Orlando, Fla.-based mango board designed the publication to ensure mango quality at every step of the mango supply chain from harvest to supermarket.
The publicationâs goal is to provide industry members tools and information to help them consistently deliver high quality mangoes, according to a Jan. 14 news release.
The manual covers best practices at each step and includes a section on quality control procedures plus includes information on how to determine mango maturity as well as forms for assessing mango quality and ways to audit handling procedures at the farm, packinghouse, importer warehouse, distribution center and supermarket.
âThe quality of mangoes shipped to the U.S. is generally quite good,â William Watson, executive director, said in the release. âImprovements in quality can only help to drive greater consumer confidence and more trust from our retail partners. Each time a consumer has a great mango eating experience, we build momentum and increase the chances that they will buy mangoes again in the future. Working to ship better quality is an investment in the future of the mango business.â
The mango board is working on starting an extension program to encourage growers and packers in producing countries to adopt the manualâs best practices.