Campden BRI is inviting companies to join a club project to investigate approaches to reduce chlorate levels in agricultural production and processing. The levels of chlorates in crops are of prime importance, it says, due to legal limits that are being introduced through EU legislation.
Research, the company notes, suggests that produce can contain chlorates at levels that exceed the new limits - for example, when chlorinating solutions have been used at both pre-harvest (irrigation) and post-harvest (washing) stages of production.
The project will:
+ Establish the effects of varying chlorinating agents on the chlorate levels of crop types both pre-harvest and post-harvest
+ Identify the use of alternative post-harvest washes that can be used to reduce chlorate levels
+ Compare the effects of novel/alternative produce washes and rinses that can reduce chlorate levels in leafy salads and other ready to eat products
The club will help the fresh produce industry to comply with legislative requirements and will, Campden believes, be of interest to growers, produce marketing organisation, processors and retailers.
Participating companies have the opportunity to steer the project work. Project results will be shared amongst the project members who can exploit the findings. The chlorate club project will begin in June 2018 and run for at least one year.