TURKISH WHOLE PITTED SUN DRIED SULPHURED APRICOTS SPECIFICATIONS

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION : Whole Pitted Mediterranean style be processed from sound, nature fresh Turkish apricots which have been harvested by hand, washed with pure water, hand pitted treated with sulphure dioxide for color retention, sun dried, graded for size, and sorted for general defects. The product shall present a bright color (light yellow-yellow orange-orange reddish-light red), taste and smell typical of well processed dried apricots.

Whole pitted quality apricots are subject to stringent cleaning and inspection process to ensure a product free of foreign matter and fermentation.

CRITICAL CHARACTERISTICS

  1. Moisture : Max. 25 % (Determined by the DFA moisture tester)

  2. Sulphure dioxide : 2000 – 3000 ppm (Depending on demand and country)

  3. Sizing : The fruit pieces shall be uniform in size and not showing more than %8 by weight of smaller and/or larger.

  4. Color : Characteristic – Orange to Yellow

  5. Flavour : Characteristic of sun dried apricot flavor and free of foreign odors and flavors. Firm in texture, slightly wrinkled

outer surface

  1. Texture : Clean and firm in texture, slightly wrinkled outer surface

 

Sizes

Count per Kg.

Diameter

1

up to 100

36mm or larger

2

101 – 120

32mm – 36mm

3

121 – 140

29mm – 36mm

4

141 – 160

26mm – 32mm

5

161 – 180

24mm – 29mm

6

181 – 200

24mm – 26mm

7

201 – 220

21mm – 26mm

8

221 and over

20mm – or less

 

 

PHYSICAL PROPERTIES

CLASS

Extra Class

Fancy – 1st Class

Choice – 2nd Class

Unsized

Industrial

Foreign Matter

<0.5%

<1%

<1%

<1%

<1,5%

Sunburn

<2%

<3%

<4%

<5%

N/A

Hail Damaged

<2%

<3%

<4%

<5%

N/A

Parts & Pieces

<2%

<3%

<4%

N/A

N/A

Spotted Fruits

<2%

<3%

<4%

<5%

N/A

Imbedded Dirt

<1%

<2%

<3%

<5%

<10%

Knife Cuts

<2%

<3%

<4%

N/A

N/A

Insect Damage

<1%

<1%

<1%

<1%

<4%

Discolored

<10%

<12%

<12%

<12%

<12%

Pits/Pit Fragments

<1%

<1%

<1%

<1%

<4%

Extraneous Matter: Free from forcing matter and contamination. Finished product is metal detected to the following standards : 2,5 mm ferrous and 3 mm non-ferrous

 

 

MICROBIOLOGICAL PROPERTIES

Max. Values

Total Viable Count

1.000 – 10.000/gr

Mould

1.000 – 10.000/gr

Yeast

1.000gr

Coli form

<10/gr CFU

Salmonella

ABSENT / 25gr

Lysteria

ABSENT / 25gr

E.coli

ABSENT

Heavy Metals (Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic, Zinc, Mercury)

Max. Residue Levels according to EU Legislation or Codex as applicable

 

 

NUTRITION INFORMATION (In 100 g)

Energy

236 kcal

Vitamin A

2442 IU

Protein

2,43 g

Vitamin C

3,80 IU

Total Carbohydrate

55,9 g

Calcium

38 mg

Sugars

47,2 g

Iron

2,70 mg

Total Fat

0,24 g

Sodium

18 mg

Dietary Fiber

7,8 g

Potassium

796 mg

 

PACKAGING : In a corrugated carton boxes with protective paper or polyethylene bag inside. Net weight is 12,5 kg each. Packaging can be changed according to the customer demand.

FUMIGATION : The product is directly fumigated with Methyl Bromide only in the raw material state before washing. After the product is packaged, it can be fumigated again in order to clear possible infestation originating from the container.

LABELING : Product name, net weight, producer name, address, origin, lot number. Marking can be changed according to the customer demand.

STORAGE : The product should be stored in a clean, dry and cool (recommended below 5°C) place.

SHELF LIFE : 12 months from date of production when stored in the conditions noted above.

  • These specifications will be valid up to send a new review.

  • The specifications may be changed after an agreement between supplier and customer and clearly reported on the purchase order.

  • Size is a parameter defined in the purchase order for any purchase.