Loscam has undertaken significant measures to prevent the spread of the European House Borer (EHB) and eradicate it from affected pallets if required. The Department has stepped up its efforts to publicise the extent of this pest and has actively called for industry cooperation. Over many months, Loscam has developed a set of procedures to deal with the issue and put to rest any concerns customers may have about using pallets.
The proposed process has satisfied the Department, whose officials signed off the plan in June and will be working in conjunction with Loscam representatives to conduct regular audits to ensure its success. Loscam was the first pallet company to receive the department’s approval.
The announcement is timely, given the flying season of the EHB commences in September (and extends through to March). The pest attacks seasoned timber and has been found in pine furniture and untreated timber. Loscam will quarantine and fumigate pallets if the need arises, although according to Paul, customers need only take simple steps to comply with the Department’s decree.