Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center

Cullage Assessment & Education Program


 ... to the Cullage Assessment & Education website. The purpose of this site is to provide the public and tree fruit industry with information related to damage and disorders encountered during the cullage assessment phase of the postharvest process with emphasis items related to export or quarantine. There are also useful materials for people involved with identification of fruit damage in the orchard. Available materials include visual identification guides, instructions for sampling in the orchard and packinghouse, as well as, quarantine pest and export work plan information. The column to the left includes links to additional sources of information that should be helpful for people working in or interested in the tree fruit industry.

2016 Training Events

Prior to harvest each year, a series of training sessions are offered for stone fruit cutters (exporting fruit to BC, Canada and to Mexico) and for apple fieldmen and cull cutters (for Taiwan export). The stone fruit sessions for OFM training has been scheduled. The Taiwan trainung schedule pending. Taiwan export training begins two weeks after the Apple Industry Exporter Workshops co-hosted by Northwest Fruit Exporters and USDA. See below for schedule or go directly to the training events page for detailed information.

For more information about training please visit Training Events or contact your regional commodity inspections office (i.e., WSDA, USDA, ISDA, OSDA, or CDA).

OFM/Stone Fruit Cutter training: more info...
These sessions are complete - call WSDA if you need training

Apple Industry Export Workshop by NFE & USDA more info...
July 27th (Wenatchee)
July 28th (Yakima)

Taiwan Export Training more info...
Pre-Registration Required to ensure seating
Aug. 4th (Prosser), Aug. 10th (Yakima - 2 sessions),
Aug. 12 th (Wenatchee), Aug. 16th (Quincy),
Aug. 17th (Chelan) & Aug. 18th (Brewster)

Popular Item:

Quick Identification Guide to Apple Postharvest Defects & Disorders

This handy card set is a great reference guide for apple packing house quality control workers. It will help to identify the most common defects and disorders encountered both before and after storage. Although designed for the Washington State apple industry, it is very popular internationally.
The card set is available for $25US + shipping through the Good Fruit Grower: 1-800-487-9946 x212 or email:
A low resolution reproduction can be viewed at: Apple Disorders Guide.

News Items

Taiwan Cherries:

Increased Residue Testing

Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) has notified USDA-FAS that U.S. cherries will be subject to an increased inspection rate in 2016 due to the multiple MRL violations in 2015. The normal inspection rate is between two and 10 percent. The new rate will be 40% of U.S. cherries.

Read more at NHC country Alerts

Taiwan Apple Export

No reports of codling moth in CY2015 WA apple exports!

To date, there are no posted alerts for Taiwan apples regarding CM.
To ensure compliance for 2016, make sure your training certification is current. WSDA recommends that all cull cutters and field sampling personnel be trained every-other year. Visit our training page for more details. Also, be sure to be using the the most recent version of the work plan. For more information about past Strikes visit NHC.

NHC Country Alert Link

To view the Taiwan Export plan visit: NHC-Taiwan Work plan

Korea's Special Act on Imported Food Safety Management

Korea's Ministry of Food & Drug Safety (MFDS) implemented a Special Act and associated regulations on February 4, 2016 which include two primary provisions:
1) Mandatory pre-registration of foreign food facilites (including fruit packing facilities) by MFDS prior to August 3, 2016; (valid for 2 years)
2) A legal basis for MFDS to suspend imports from foreign facilities or establishments that refuse on-site inspections.
The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) advises packers to submit the registration before July 19th in order to avoid delays due to anticipated heavy volume of applications.

More information can be found in this FAS report or in this NHC Country Alert.


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