Life Sciences Social Network highlights the research, which examined the trade in horticultural products irradiated for phytosanitary purposes and market growth potential for the irradiated horticultural products per commodities and regions, since regulatory conditions become more favorable.
The paper "Current and Potential Trade in Horticultural Products Irradiated for Phytosanitary Purposes" describes strategies for enhancing trade in irradiated fresh fruits such as mango, papaya, citrus, grapes, and vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, asparagus, garlic, and peppers from Asia and the Americas, which show the greatest potential for the application of this phytosanitary treatment method.
The reason for phytosanitary treatments are frequently intercepted fruits and vegetable in international trade due to the fact that these commodities harbour very harmful pests and diseases, which can spread in the country of destination and be harmful for plants and nature there. Interception is usually done at border inspection post of country of import and in case of suspicion goods are kept in quarantine pending laboratory confirmation of regulated harmful organisms. Goods are released, if the lab results are negative, or after effective phytosanitary treatment. Since pests and diseases, which are invasive in Europe, often come with plant goods of Asian or American origin, pre-shipment phytosanitary treatment is good solution for logistics in international trade. The international standard ISPM 28 presents in its Annexes phytosanitary treatments evaluated and adopted by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures.