Mechanical Damage Of Fresh Fruits And Vegetables

Mechanical damage is due to the action of machinery, mishandling, and or improper packaging, and may result in cuts, punctures, bruises, and or abrasions. The fleshy fruits are very susceptible to mechanical damage. Product texture may be soft around any cut, puncture, or abrasion. Both internal and external examination of the product may be necessary to determine the extent of mechanical damage. b. Darkening in Color. The following color change may indicate mechanical damage a...