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Measuring the amount of gas in import containers

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Synopsis

A study was carried out to gain insight into the total number of containers being imported into the Netherlands via Rotterdam harbour, that still contain remnants of gaseous pesticides. The study also checked to see if a 'risk profile' could be drawn up for certain containers due to remnants of gaseous pesticides, depending on the country of origin, cargo or labelling.The study concluded that - - the pesticides methyl bromide, formaldehyde and phosphine were found in 21% of the random sample of 303 containers - sulfuryl fluoride was not found in any of the containers - 15% of the containers represented a risk due to low oxygen levels, risk of explosion or carbon dioxide/carbon monoxide levels higher than the accepted MAC values (a well-known standard in the Netherlands for maximum concentrations of substances) for these compounds - 20% of the containers formed a risk, either due to the presence of pesticides, or as a result of other parameters - a sample profile focusing on containers of foodstuffs could result in double the number of containers being found to include gaseous pesticides
 

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