Pallet standards in agri-food sector: a brief survey

Submitted: 13 November 2013
Accepted: 8 April 2014
Published: 2 October 2014
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In food industry wooden pallet and fruit and vegetables crates are the most used for handling and delivering. Regulatory aspects and test procedure are relatively young as regards to the packaging sector of wooden. Currently many standards are in development or implementation. In this context the objective of the following paper is a brief overview on technical standards governing the use of wooden packaging, with particular reference to the agricultural-food sector. In this review, as wooden packaging, are taken into account, wood or its derivatives used to support, packaging and transport goods, such as cages, wooden pallets, wooden frame, wooden kegs, rods or timber. Particularly European standards are briefly described in their technical content and historic development. Market data, emerging technology and environmental problems are even recalled.

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Trevisani, A., Iaccheri, E., Fabbri, A. and Guarnieri, A. (2014) “Pallet standards in agri-food sector: a brief survey”, Journal of Agricultural Engineering, 45(2), pp. 90–95. doi: 10.4081/jae.2014.220.