U.S. laws and regulations state that all pallets must be treated to prevent bugs and bacterial contamination before they can be shipped internationally. To comply with these regulations, pallets are treated in one of two ways, heat treated or chemically treated. Heat treated pallets are heated to a core temperature of 56 degrees Celsius for at least 30 minutes. Whereas chemically treated pallets are fumigated with methyl bromide. The type of treatment used must be marked on all pallets.
Which method is better?
Both treatments effectively remove the presence of insects and bacteria. However the EPA recognizes methyl bromide as a highly toxic chemical and strongly discourages it’s use, especially when shipping food. Scientific research also indicates methyl bromide is contributing to the break down of the Earth’s ozone layer. Given the risks associated with the chemical process, we believe heat treated pallets are a much safer option. At Dominion Pallet, we only make and distribute heat treated pallets. Our pallets are stamped on both sides to easily clear customs and meet APHIS, ALSC, and IPPC guidelines, as well as European Union requirements.
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