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Food Losses in Harvest and Handling Systems for Fruits and Vegetables

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Transactions of the ASAE. 21 (2): 0386-0390. (doi: 10.13031/2013.35309) @1978
Authors:   M. O'Brien, R. B. Fridley, L. L. Claypool

ABSTRACT WHEN fruits and vegetables are mechanically har-vested and handled they are damaged sufficiently to cause losses before and during processing. Impacts from drops on hard surfaces or on other fruits, or while on horizontal conveyors, or resulting from in-transit vibrations are main causes of damage. The magnitude of both quality and product losses are maturity and time-temperature dependent.

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