Bio treatment of quinoa
Preservation of quinoa relies on optimal package and storage conditions for its organoleptic characteristics. VacQPack proposes bulk packaging for quinoa conservation, that can go from 1 to 2 tons of capacity, to replace conventional the 40 to 60Kg bags. Still, if bags are needed for commercial reasons, an outside liner can wrap the palatized cargo and ensure the bio treatment.
To retard the deterioration this andean grain, the strategy is to reduce respiration through an impermeable flexible package with restricted oxygen transmission rate OTR and controlled atmosphere of reduced oxygen levels.
Vacuum applied to palatized molded bags will make handling, storage and transportation more effective and safer, which means significant cost and time savings.
Finally, VacQPack liners are prepared to be opened for sampling or to remove part of the cargo and then re-sealed and receive the same bio-treatment program. The investment on a high quality liner gets diluted by the amount of times the bag can be reopened.
Insect infested organic quinoa can now be bought at cheap prices and treated using VacQPack bio fumigation method. The goods can return to the market after an organic treatment using pressure, Carbon Dioxide CO2 and temperature.
The quinoa’s quality gets restored as well its market value.
In comparison to common cereals, quinoa is higher in fat content and can provide valuable amounts of heart-healthy fats like monounsaturated fat (in the form of oleic acid).
Air humidity are directly responsible for seeds water content. This when combined with to high temperatures, deepens seed respiration, which will promote the humidification and warm up of seed mass.
Micro-organisms and insects find room and conditions to develop in one hand; and on the other hand, seeds will consume its internal reserves, causing weight loss and decline of germination.
In a summary format, quinoa risks are:
• self-heating and potential spontaneous combustion
• high content moisture
• insect infestation and cross contamination
• toxicity and correlated health hazards