You don't want incy wincy in your iceberg lettuce

You don't want incy wincy in your iceberg lettuce

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Insect contaminations, including from spiders, is a significant recurring problem for vegetable and fruit growers and processors. Here's what you can do to about it.

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Story sponsored by Sumitomo Chemical Australia.

Insect contamination in produce is a significant recurring problem for vegetable and fruit growers and processors.

Insect contamination causes rejections and lost sales for growers, adds cost for processors and results in bad publicity for retailers.

With the rise of social media consumers have the ability to massively amplify their concerns or complaints.

Recently a Sydney woman posted a video of a spider found inside her pre-packed salad from a leading grocery retailer.

After 12 hours, the video on the post was viewed more than three million times and had gathered more than 100,000 comments.

In the past year, there have also been several consumer complaints about redback spiders being found in broccoli.

PyGanic® from Sumitomo Chemical is a fast-acting botanical insecticide derived from Chrysanthemums, providing short-term control of a range of insect pests across a wide variety of crops.

Used at label rates immediately prior to harvest (three to 12 hours) PyGanic is very effective at flushing spiders and other insects from the crop for cleaner non contaminated produce.

Due to its naturally derived active ingredient PyGanic has a high safety profile for field workers, a low impact on the environment and a high impact on pests.

This naturally derived active also means that Pyganic has a, zero days withholding period on many crops and a one day withholding on others (check label) and is registered as an organic input.

For growers wishing to maintain and enhance their reputation for supplying clean, green produce, Pyganic is the natural choice.

Story sponsored by Sumitomo Chemical Australia.

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