Factors to consider in the storage area in order to minimize risk

  • The warehouse should have cement or non-flammable floors without cracks and crevices for insects to hide in;
  • Ideally the floor level should be higher than the surrounding land to prevent flooding and to allow water to flow away;
  • Walls should be of non-flammable material without cracks and crevices;
  • Adequate ventilation is necessary to prevent an increase in mould;
  • The roof should be insulated but should not be made of wood;
  • Bags may be bulk-stowed but ideally the bottom layer should be on pallets allowing an air space of 5-10cm and the top layer should be at least 1m away from the roof. The stacks should also be positioned away from outside walls;
  • Fumigation and other forms of insect control can be carried out to ensure that the products are pest-free;
  • The cocoa should be regularly inspected;
  • No other products should be stored with the cocoa to prevent contamination;
  • Access to the storage areas can be controlled.

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