Lab could speed up testing process for shippers

11/16/2012 12:29:00 PM
Tom Burfield

“Once (the lab) is accredited, the government will accept the findings of that laboratory on bacterial and/or chemical analysis,” said John McClung, president of the Mission-based Texas International Produce Association.

“That will be a tremendous benefit.”

Ben Brittain, executive vice president and managing partner for Pharr-based Vision Produce Partners of Texas, said the company’s loads at times have been held up for two or three days to check for the presence of an invasive pest and nothing was found.

Having the testing done nearby “would be great,” he said, since delays can ruin a load.

The company exhibited at Fresh Summit 2012 in Anaheim, Calif., and has held luncheons in the valley to help get out the word about the facility, Lucas said.


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