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Khapra Beetle baby problem becomes big problem for ASX company

Baby Bunting (ASX:BBN) temporarily close distribution centre on insect find.

Baby Bunting’s (ASX:BBN) Dandenong South Distribution Centre has been closed temporarily for inspection and treatment after finding insects in a shipping container.

The company is working closely with the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE).

The shipping container held 320 units of Peg Perego Prima Pappa Follow Me highchairs.

The Khapra beetle is common to many parts of the world.

The beetle can travel in shipping containers and is attracted to cardboard packaging such as that used to transport the highchairs, not the product itself.

Normal operations are expected to progressively recommence from early next week.

All retail stores remain open and continue to trade, although there may be some minor disruption at some stores over the coming weeks.

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Shorpak and UBL explore opportunities, sign fumigation agreement

Established in 2012 Shorpak Pty Ltd has fast become a specialised Quarantine & Logistics service provider for the resources sector providing Quarantine & Logistics services to World leading companies within the Oil and Gas and Mining Industries.

Shorpak and UBL have entered into a Heads of Agreement where UBL has granted Shorpak an option to use and exploit the Fume8 Fumigation Technology for the purpose of fumigating containerised shipments primarily for delivery to Barrow Island which is located offshore in the North of Western Australia along with the Northern Territory.

The initial 12 month agreement contains a Royalty payment component based on revenue generated by exploiting or using Fume8 Fumigation Equipment and includes a Minimum Performance Requirement.

UBL and Shorpak intend to work closely together to generate new fumigation opportunities for the use of ethyl formate fumigation in the containerised fumigation market. with Shorpak now designated as the preferred operator for the fumigation of containerised shipments.

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Fume8 successful. Multiple containers to Barrow Island.

UBL has worked closely with Shorpak and Murdoch University to complete multiple successful commercial fumigations at the Shorpak Headquarters in Henderson using the patented Fume8 technology.

Over a dozen containers were successfully fumigated using “Beta” generation Fume8 continuous flow technology. The containers were expected to be shipped to Barrow Island in the near future post the fumigation process.