Bob Moore of Intelligent Global Pooling Systems, or iGPS, condemned the use of wooden pallets in the transport and storage of food and drug products by the Chief Executive Officer of a company producing hard plastic pallets. For more info see post. In order to preserve the wood, wooden pallets have to be treated; a treatment that Moore claimed involved the use of harmful pesticides and other chemicals such as formaldehyde urea. It is recognised that the latter has carcinogenic properties and releases traces as it ‘off-gases’ into the air. The use of treated wooden pallets increases the risk that not only the products stored on them will be contaminated, but also the workers who have to move them around.Moreover, according to Mr. Moore, wooden pallets are often fumigated with methyl bromide (an exceptionally poisonous compound that also depletes the ozone layer) and are often exceptionally dirty: when wooden pallets commissioned by the company were randomly tested, his company detected high levels of pathogenic organisms such as Listeria and even rodent nests.The Disease Control and Prevention Centres estimate that up to 40,000 Americans are killed by prescription drugs every year, with OTC preparations causing several thousand more fatalities. With such statistics in mind, Mr. Moore’s call for action by the FDA and Congress on the use of wooden pallets in relation to food and drug products appears to be extremely reasonable. Although there is a limited amount that can be done to prevent OTC and prescription drugs from accidental adverse reactions that some individuals have, it would seem only reasonable to ensure that these products are transported in the safest, cleanest way possible.The current bark restrictions that countries around the world have or are in different stages of adopting under the ISPM-15 standard are simply described as follows. The limits of how much bark can be on each component (that’s key – not on the entire assembly; this refers to the allowable amount of bark on each particular component/piece) are described with two statements.