Mango Industry – using irradiation to gain market access
In November 2015 ABC news reported on an opportunity to export Australian mangoes to the United States. The article highlighted the important role played by iia member Steritech and the State of Queensland to the initiative. “Brisbane irradiation facility ready for Australia’s first big season of mango deliveries to the USA“.
This month, October 2017, ABC news once again reports on mango export opportunities in Australia. This time Darwin in the Northern Territory is the focus with grower Ian Quinn set to join those who have been part of the trial. Once again Steritech is a vital part of the compliance and export process. “Darwin mangoes set for the United States market”
In 2013 the “Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ)” approved the import of Indian mangoes to Australia and the same year the “United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (AAPHIS) approved the import of irradiated pomegranates from India. “Australia, NZ approve import of irradiated mangoes from India“. In April 2017 FreshFruitPortal reported that “Indian mangoes set to enter Australian market”
Asia Pacific is embracing the opportunity to offer high quality products to new markets whilst protecting regions from harmful pests. Those interested in this exciting opportunity should be planning to attend the Chapman workshop in Bangkok – June 2018. iia is supporting the organisation of the event and is working to support its members and the wider irradiation community in advancing opportunities to embrace the use of irradiation technologies.