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Postharvest Handling

A Systems Approach

Postharvest Handling, Third Edition takes a global perspective in offering a system of measuring, monitoring, and managing produce processing to improve food quality, minimize food waste, reduce risks and uncertainties, and maximize time and resources. This unique resource provides an overview of the postharvest system and its role in the food value chain, and offers essential tools to monitor and control the handling process. It shows how to predict and combat unexpected events (e.g., spoilage), and manage the food quality and safety within a facility. Proven research methods and applications from various viewpoints are available to help you maintain high-quality produce and achieve the highest yields possible. The book also explores current challenges-including oversupply, waste, food safety, lack of resources, sustainability-and best practices for production to thrive in spite of these challenges.

Postharvest physiologists or technologists across the disciplines of agricultural economics, agricultural engineering, food sciences, and horticulture along with handlers of fresh or minimally processed products within the fresh produce processing industries will find this to be an invaluable resource.

Hardbound, 624 Pages

Published: May 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-408137-6


  • 1. Postharvest systems - New Contexts, New Imperatives
    2. Challenges in Handling Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
    3. Consumer Eating Habits and Perceptions of Fresh Produce Quality
    4. Testing and Measuring Consumer Acceptance
    5. Nutritional Quality of Fruits and Vegetables
    6. Value Chain Management and Postharvest Handling
    7. Consumer Expenditure on Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Purchase
    8. Postharvest Regulation and Quality Standards on Fresh Produce
    9. Fresh-cut Product Quality: Implications for a Systems Approach
    10. Postharvest Handling and Quality Maintenance of Tropical Fruits
    11. Microbial Quality and Safety of Fresh Produce
    12. Sorting for Defects
    13. Non-destructive Evaluation: Detection of External and Internal Attributes Frequently Associated with Quality and Damage
    14. Measuring Quality and Maturity
    15. Modeling Quality Attributes and Quality Related Product Properties
    16. The Supply Value Chain of Fresh Produce from Field to Home: Refrigeration and Other Supporting Technologies
    17. Traceability in Postharvest Systems
    18. Fruits and Vegetables in International Trade: Forensic Aspects of Cargo Claims
    19. Innovative and Integrated Approaches to Investigate Postharvest Stress Physiology and the Biological Basis of Fruit Quality During Storage
    20. Challenges in Postharvest Handling


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