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Description: MOLD DAMAGE - Since fruit must not suffer undue loss of weight during storage and transport, it is not practicable to recommend dry storage. Actually, the principal defense of fruits and vegetables against mold deterioration is their natural surface protective tissues. For this reason the greatest care must be exercised in harvesting, packing, loading and transporting such commodities as bananas, citrus fruit, etc. Other factors which add to keeping quality are (1) absence of fungoid or physiological disease at the time of harvesting, and (2) avoidance of cold store temperatures sufficient to lead to physiological breakdown of the protective tissues. The optimum storage temperature varies according to the type of fruit.
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Commodity Name: VEGETABLES AND FRUIT (Fresh)

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