Commodity Fumigation




Commodity fumigation is the treatment of a product by a gas, chemical or other process to eliminate the risk of a pest infestation.
 
A commodity can be described as anything from grain to personal effects imported or exported from one country or state to another.

The commodity can be by itself (loose or LCL – loose container load), in container (FCL – full container load), silo or ship.


Stored products pests are very sturdy and can adapt to almost any condition and location.  Food products are attacked from the time they are in the field until they are consumed. The infestation can occur at any stage from packaging to transport to storage and shelving. Food pests can be found in all forms: egg, larvae, or pupal and adult form.
 
Stored product pests not only deteriorate the quality of food but more importantly in the case of heavy infestation can cause skin irritations such as Dermitis and both animals and humans may suffer intestinal disorders from eating infested foods.