Premier Quality Services Limited PQSL
is a fully owned subsidiary of TTBS, which is committed to facilitating industrial development and supporting the quality infrastructure, by providing business solutions in quality related fields including inter alia management systems; business improvement initiatives and programs; and professional & skill development via training, consultancy and strategic partnership programmes.
Luo, McEvoy, and PQSL plant physiologist Robert Saftner have also used 1-MCP to keep watermelon fresh.
Saftner and retired PQSL horticulturist Judith Abbott have identified melon varieties with improved flavor and texture that will benefit the North American fresh-cut melon industry.
Several such treatment solutions developed at PQSL provide both antibrowning and antimicrobial benefits to apple slices and perhaps other produce.
Saftner, Abbott, and PQSL microbiologist Arvind Bhagwat tested a commercially used calcium ascorbate dip--developed by ARS--that prevents browning on slices of sanitized apples and compared it with three PQSL-developed dips.
In the story on page 4, you'll read about PQSL lab results with food packaging systems that both allow the proper atmosphere and discourage microbial growth.
PQSL staff also collaborated with industry to lead a symposium on that subject at the IFPA annual conference.