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For Product Technologists and Quality Control Managers, monsoon season in the Far East can cause a great deal of worry. Although the impact on shipping speed and costs are always an issue, there is also an almost invisible problem that many businesses forget about – 
Penetrating dampness can lead to mould and fungal growth that ruin goods before they arrive at destinations around the world. The Shipping and Freight resource sights 11% of cargo loss stems from water damage and mould contamination. 
In this blog post we will look at why it's important for project managers and quality assurance managers to remember this issue during monsoon season in Asia; as well as offering advice on how Micro-Fresh®'s revolutionary technology can ensure products arrive in pristine condition. 

When is the Far East’s Monsoon Season? 

The Far East is renowned for its monsoon season, which typically occurs between May to October. During this time, the region experiences high levels of humidity and moisture due to the heavy rainfall that can occur on a daily basis. 

What’s the effect? 

It is estimated that up to 11% of cargo loss can stem from water damage and mould contamination, resulting in significant losses for businesses. This not only affects the bottom line but can also impact your reputation with customers who receive damaged or contaminated goods. 
One way to combat mould and bacterial growth is by utilizing innovative technology. Micro-Fresh®'s cutting-edge anti-bacterial and anti-mould treatment is a prime example of such innovation. This technology can help to reduce the potential for mould and bacteria to grow on goods during transit, ensuring that your products arrive at their destination in pristine condition. This not only saves you money and reduces wastage, but it also helps to support the environment by reducing the need for additional shipping, manufacturing and a mass of wastage that often ends up in landfill. 

What else can I do, and what should I be avoiding? 

In addition to utilizing innovative technology, there are also practical steps that businesses can take to protect their products during monsoon season. This includes ensuring that goods are properly packaged and sealed to prevent moisture from entering. As well as this, product managers can also ensure their goods are not too tightly packed together and properly ventilated so that stagnant air does not become an issue – we have all experienced the ‘fusty’ smell associated with clothes that haven’t been allowed to ‘breathe’. 
One thing some businesses turn to are silica gel packets. The main problem with silica gel is that it absorbs water; if disposed of incorrectly this will make the soil dry and harden when absorbed, affecting plant growth. As well as this, if the silica gels find themselves into oceans or rivers, they are terrible for water health, can be toxic when eaten by marine life and cause water pollution on a mass scale. They are also very difficult to be recycled unless passed on for second use which isn’t always possible when so many products currently use this method. 
We also recommend for our consumer to always work with trustworthy and reliable shipping companies who have experience in navigating monsoon season and are equipped to handle the unique challenges that come with it. When approaching partners, we suggest that this is an issue sighted early on; to ensure they put measures in place to protect your assets. 

Why Micro-Fresh®? 

We often get asked – Why Micro-Fresh as apposed to other anti-mould or anti-fungal products on the market. 
• Micro-Fresh® is the only product of it’s type to have a devise available to make treatment detection easy. This ensures suppliers are utilising the product you have paid for and shows your consumers that your business cares about the condition in which your product arrives. 
• Micro-Fresh® prevents the growth of bacteria by 99.99% 
• Micro-Fresh® is 100% invisible when applied with no residue – as a result not diminishing the aesthetic of your product 
• Micro-Fresh® is tested and proven against Aspergillus niger and Penicillium funicolosum. 
• Micro-Fresh® is tested and proven against E. coli, S.aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae. 

So what’s the best course of action? 

During monsoon season in the Far East, it's essential for Quality Control Managers and Product Technologists to take steps to protect their goods from mould and bacterial growth. Utilizing innovative technology such as Micro-Fresh®'s anti-bacterial and anti-mould fabric treatment can help to ensure that products arrive in excellent condition, while practical measures such as proper packaging and working with reliable shipping companies can also go a long way. Using a technology such as Micro-Fresh®’s ensure that if conditions within cargo aren’t perfect – your product still can be. 
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