Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment




Vol 17, Issue 3&4,2019
Online ISSN:
Print ISSN: 1459-0263


Quality management in the supply chain of Thai mango for Japanese market


Author(s):

Benjamaporn Matulaprungsan1, Chalermchai Wongs-Aree1,2, Viroat Srisurapanon3, Panida Boonyatitthongchai1,2,  Sirichai Kanlayanarat1*

Recieved Date: 2019-07-04, Accepted Date: 2019-09-10

Abstract:

Nam Dok Mai mango is a premium fruit of Thailand, exported to Japanese market which sets up a very high standard of commercial fruits. The present research elucidated the steps of Nam Dok Mai mango supply chains in Thailand and the handling system for Japan exporting under Japan-Thailand Economic Partnership Agreement (JTEPA). The quality management has to be started from upstream at farm level and followed by the supply chain operation to the market. Good Agricultural Practices (GAP)-certified orchards were selected to be a partner of mango exporting companies. Mango fruits should be bagged by 45 days after full bloom (DAF) in order to minimize fruit defects and anthracnose disease caused by Collectotrichum gloeosporiodes. A week before harvesting, fruits were randomly sampled to check for pesticide residues under the plant quarantine regulation. Harvested fruits packed in labelled baskets were transported to collecting centers. Fruits were thoroughly checked for a suitable maturity, primarily sorted and uniformly weighed at a local farm packinghouse. At a packinghouse of exporting company, fruits were washed and cleaned by chlorinated water and then dipped in 50°C hot water for 5 min which was the rate limiting step for the postharvest disease reduction. After cooling down, fruits were quickly dipped in 400 mg/L ethephon for ripening induction. Vapor Heat Treatment (VHT) at 47°C constant of pulp temperature for 20 min must be carried out for killing habitat insects as needed by JTEPA regulation. Mangoes were then protected by individual foam net and packed in a carton box containing 3-5 kg/box. Boxes were transported by refrigerator trucks at 13°C to the airport and shipped by airfreight to Japan.

Keywords:

 Mango,  Mangifera indica Linn, quality management, supply chain


Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2019
Volume: 17
Issue: 3&4
Category: Food and Health
Pages: 14-20


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