Protecting Fruit Shipments Part 2
Protecting Fruit Shipments Part 2. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Fruit Grower Report.
Washington Congressman Doc Hastings has drafted a letter to the Transportation Security Administration asking them to consider perishable fruits and vegetables and their unique shipping needs when implementing the Certified Cargo Screening Program.
HASTINGS: The burden that is placed on the grower and the fact that these cherries are shipped on commercial flights because obviously that is the least expensive way to get them over there is a regularly scheduled flight, there need to be a way to have that screening that takes into consideration the cost.
Perishable fruits like cherries need to be shipped within a very short window.
Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington and Oregon’s Greg Walden have joined Hastings in appealing to the TSA to find a way to expedite the process of screening palates of fruits and vegetable that can quickly spoil.
That’s today’s Fruit Grower Report. I’m Greg Martin on the Northwest Ag Information Network.