STORAGE & PACKAGING

Containers
Perforated polyethylene bags, using top ice
Waxed fiberboard boxes
Wirebound crates

Load boxes and crates lengthwise on their bottoms. Load in rows across the trailer with space divided evenly between the rows for top ice to fill. For palletized loads, stack the containers lengthwise or crosswise on the pallets. Leave space between the pallet rows and walls for top ice to fill.

Compatibility Temperature
Group 2
Ethylene sensitive
Can be top-iced
32°F (0°C)
95 to 100% humidity

Like all leafy vegetables, parsley has a high respiration rate, and its temperature must be lowered quickly to delay respiration and spoilage.

A controlled atmosphere of 10% oxygen and 11% carbon dioxide can help retain green color and saleability.

GOOD ARRIVAL GUIDELINES

Generally speaking, the percentage of defects shown on a timely government inspection certificate should not exceed the percentage of allowable defects, provided: (1) transportation conditions were normal; (2) the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) or Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) inspection was timely; and (3) the entire lot was inspected. Note that the percentage of allowable defects increases based on the number of days in transit, with five days for coast-to-coast transport by motor carrier considered normal.

U.S. Grade Standards Days Since Shipment % of Defects Allowed Optimum Transit Temp. (°F)
5-1 5
4
3
2
1
8-3
8-3
7-2
6-2
5-1
32

There are no good arrival guidelines for this commodity specific to Canada; U.S. guidelines apply to shipments unless otherwise agreed by contract.

References: DRC, PACA, USDA.

References: Oregon State University, University of California-Davis, University of Florida/IFAS Extension, USDA.

WEEKLY MOVEMENT & PRICES, USA

Weekly Movements and Prices, USA

Source: Chart by Gallo Torrez Agricultural Price Trends (GTAPT), mgallo@markfinstrat.com, compiled from USDA data.

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