Markon inspectors continue to observe wind-related issues in commodity and value-added lettuce items in the Arizona/California desert region. Several commodity leaf lettuce packs have been substituted into Markon Best Available (MBA) due to elevated levels of dirt. Quality-alert flyers have been implemented in lightly prepped, value-added packs that are difficult to get completely free of dirt despite a thorough wash process.
Most recently, defects such as fringe burn and wind damage have been noted in finished packs of some romaine-based salads. Harvesting and processing crews are working to mitigate these issues but won’t be able to completely remove them. Markon inspectors expect to see dirt levels subside in the coming days, but varying levels of wind damage may continue for another week or longer.
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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