COMMON AND COORDINATED ACTION RESEARCH ON THE QUALTIY OF FRUIT AND VEGETABLES IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIES
The European COST 91 bis Sub-Group 3 programme covers all aspects of chilled foods. Collaborative studies on chilled strawberries have shown only small changes in flavour and composition over a 5 day period. Tests on the in-flight air temperatures in cargo holds of passenger jets (re transport of chilled produce) showed values ranging from 8 to 27 C; temperatures in the holds generally fell during the flights. Topics discussed at workshops include CA storage and MAP of horticultural produce, ethylene levels during ferry transport, and quality assessment and assurance in the international chilled transport of produce.