Our Post Harvest Program enables us to understand the physiology of our harvested produce. This technology is essential to maximize shelf life, proper storage, and marketability of our products.
Our Shelf-life Laboratory is staffed by an in-house Post Harvest Specialist who manages shelf-life testing. We also measure the quality attributes of our produce such as: pH (acidity), Brix (sugars), titratable acidity, dehydration, defects and mold. The Post Harvest Testing program is an integral part of Mastronardi Produce/SUNSET®.
New technology is constantly studied to improve warehouse storage and holding conditions, prevention of product contamination (packaging), documentation of food safety and product quality. Our Post Harvest Specialist works closely with our Packaging Department to research and implement new packaging technologies to ensure the best possible shelf life for our products.
Our Pesticide Testing Program ensures our products are below the Maximum Residue Levels (MRL) set by the United States and Canada. Our products are tested by an independent and accredited third-party laboratory. This laboratory tests for approved chemicals for acceptable residue limits (ppm), approved chemicals for acceptable frequency use limits and the presence of unapproved chemicals.