PROFEPA closed a thermal treatment furnace for wooden packaging (pallets) in Tecate, Baja California, for not complying with NOM-144-SEMARNAT-2017. Two thousand wooden pallets were retained, without having been treated according to the norm.
- Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection
- Publication date
- November 3, 2018
+ The company did not submit semiannual reports to SEMARNAT, it did not show the files of the treatment Certificates issued nor the original authorization, in violation of NOM-144-SEMARNAT-2017, which regulates the treatment of wood packaging used in commerce international.
+ The MX-198 mark was applied to the packaging (pallets), without documentary evidence that the necessary heat treatment had been given as a phytosanitary measure according to the specifications of NOM-144-SEMARNAT-2017.
+ In the inspection, 2,000 wooden pallets or pallets were found with the MX-198 mark applied with black ink, which were retained precautionary because they were marked without having been properly treated.
The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) imposed the Temporary Total Closure of a thermal treatment furnace for wooden packaging (pallets) in the municipality of Tecate, Baja California, due to the fact that it did not perform the heat treatment as it marks and specifies the NOM-144-SEMARNAT-2017.
This standard establishes internationally recognized phytosanitary measures for wooden packaging, which are used in the international trade of goods and merchandise.
Likewise, a total of 2,000 wooden pallets or pallets with the MX-198 mark applied with black ink, as well as a metal plate with which the aforementioned trademark was applied, were not retained, without having undergone the appropriate term treatment according to the standard.
Staff of the Federal Delegation of PROFEPA in the entity, during inspection visit, noted that it was an oven with capacity to bake up to 300 pallets at a time, which did not have thermocouples for reading the temperature of the treatment , or with the system to generate the treatment information, graph and issue the corresponding certificate.
This oven was used without complying with the NOM-144-SEMARNAT-2017, at the address located at Km. 109 of the Tecate-Mexicali Highway, Loma Toba, in the municipality of Tecate, without physically counting the authorization nor with the corresponding files on the issued certificates of the treatment granted to the packaging, nor the semi-annual reports submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT).
The inspected person did not present to the PROFEPA staff a copy or original of the authorization issued by SEMARNAT, which would cover the installation of the furnace and that had the power to apply the MX-198 mark, which was applied to the packaging (pallets) for certify that they have been given the necessary heat treatment, as compliance with the phytosanitary measure, according to what is specified in NOM-144-SEMARNAT-2017.
The acting staff of PROFEPA verified that the inspected person did not meet the specifications established in the Official Mexican Standard NOM-144-SEMARNAT-2017; it did not comply with the semiannual reports before the SEMARNAT, it did not keep the records of thermal treatments carried out on wooden packaging, nor did it have a graphic or documentary report to verify the veracity of the application of the thermal treatment as a phytosanitary measure.
When the workers were asked about its application, it was reported that the application of the brand had been carried out despite the fact that the oven did not have the thermocouples for reading the temperature and time of the treatment, nor did it have the equipment or system for the registration and reading of the term and power treatment information, thereby, issuing the corresponding certificate.
It was also found in a vehicle parked inside the inspected company, a shipment of 154 packages (Tarimas) with the applied mark and that was loaded to be sent to one of its clients, for which they were required to be lowered and accumulated with the stored packages existing in the company.
All these marked packages were retained precautionary for having applied the brand without performing the heat treatment as marked by the NOM-144-SEMARANT-2017.