Product Specification

Product name: Iranian Pitted Sair Dates
Brand: SDEC
Origin: Iran
Packaging: All packed loose in nylon bags in strong durable telescopic cartons.
Sayer variety dates from Iran can withstand various temperatures and are strong with a long shelf life when stored properly (about 2 years). The do not turn sour in hot temperatures and are very high in sugar content. Nearly half of Iran’s dates export is of this variety of dates. Iran produces almost 1 million metric tons of dates; thus it is the second largest producer of dates in the world. Over the last 6 years we’ve had exports to Canada, Australia, China and Western Europe.

  1. Iranian Sair Dates are purchase from the Khuzestan province in southwest part of Iran. Particularly the Karun and Abadan region. The Karun region provides the higher grade, lager size fruit. We are the only packer in Ahwaz Khuzestan and the immediate Karun region with access to the best sources of dates.
  2. Dates are brought in the packing plant where they are immediately fumigated with Methyl Bromide gas or Aluminum Phosphide (PH3 gas) to prevent any infestation outbreak.
  3. Once fumigated they are unpitied using clean knives individually by hand, at the same time they are sorted into different grades, this presorting will save considerable time during the packing process.
  4. Per customer request dates are packed in several different varieties Super Select, Select, B. Grade, G.A.Q, F.A.Q & industrial proposes only (not for direct food consumption).
  5. At our facility we don’t pack any other dried fruit or nuts products, only dates. Dates are not genetically modified. Pure, natural dates. A Nutrition facts sheets is attached below.
  6. All packed cartons are scanned with a metal detector (3mm Fe) to ensure all goods are free of any metal elements or particles.
  7. Cartons are labeled with net weight, Product of Iran, grade, packed by SDEC, and any additional labeling customer requires.
  8. Standard documents: Invoice, B/L, certificate of origin, Phytosanitory Certificate, fumigation certificate, container certificate and any other required documents.

SDEC is family owned and operated business in Ahwaz, Iran established in 1967.


Grades / Fruit size per count / Packing & packaging

Grade Count , Unpitted Count , Pitted Packing
Super Select (jumbo) 60 / lb. 65-70 / lb. Cartons 10 kg,
Packages 500gr or 1 kg according to order
Select 70 / lb. 72-80 / lb. Cartons 10 kg,
Packages 500gr or 1 kg according to order
B.Grade 80 / lb. 85-90 / lb. Cartons 10 kg,
Packages 500gr or 1 kg according to order
G.A.Q
(Good Average Quality)
95 / lb. 105-110 / lb. Cartons 10 kg,
Packages 500gr or 1 kg according to order
F.A.Q —– >120 / lb. Cartons 10 kg
Industrial —– —- Cartons 10 kg
B.Grade , G.A.Q Block dates
500 gr & 1 kg
Block dates
500 gr & 1 kg
Cartons 12 kg,
Packages 500gr or 1 kg according to order
Chopped dates 10kg net Cartons 10 kg,
Packages 500gr or 1 kg according to order

Specification Of Iranian Pitted Sayer Dates

Item Description Remarks
1 Ingredients Pitted sayer  dates
2 Pits Ave. Max 0.75% (tolerance 0 till 2% )
3 Caps Ave. Max 0.5%  (tolerance 0 till 1 % )
4 Live  infestation Nil
5 Dead infestation Ave. Max 4%  (tolerance 0 till 6 % )
6 Fumigation Fumigated with phosphine prior to shipment,      ph3 < 0.1 ppm
7 Foreign material (acceptable ) Ave. Max 1.50 % ( tolerance 0 till 4 % )
8 Moisture 12-16%
9 Other varieties < 1 %
10 Metal Nil ( detector machine 3 mm2 Fe or non Fe )
11 Damage Max 0.5%
12 Count per pound Super Select :ave.<70pcs/lb (tolerance <78/lb )
Select : ave. < 80 pcs/lb ( tolerance < 88/ lb )
B.Grade : ave.< 90 pcs/lb ( tolerance <98/lb )
G.A.Q. : ave. < 105 pcs/lb ( tolerance <115/lb )
F.A.Q. : very small – no account
13 Shelf life 36 months from harvesting time starting september of each year. Or 24 months from packing time
14 Packing 6 or 10 kg . Net export quality telescopic carton lined with  poly bag

Specification Of Chopped Sayer Dates

average  size 8-11 mm
size tolerance 4-20 mm
average count (pieces per lb) 675-975 p/lb
number of pits (per lb) 0.25
number of caps (per lb) 0.50
calyx ends (per lb) 2.00
foreign materials (per lb) 1.00
blemish (per lb) 0.50
non polination (per lb) 1.00
decay (per lb) 0.25
moldy (per lb) 0.25
infestation (per lb) 2.00
totally not more than 4%

Micro Specifications

Target
(cfu/g)
Acceptable (cfu/g) Reject
(cfu/g)
Total Viable Count (TVC) <1.0×103 5.0×104 >5.0×104
Presumptive Coliforms <10 1.0×102 >1.0×102
E.coli <10 25 >25
Salmonella Absent in 25g Absent in 25g Present in 25g
Yeasts <1.0×102 1.0×103 >1.0×103
Moulds <1.0×102 1.0×103 >1.0×103
B. cereus <10 1.0×103 >1.0×103
Listeria m. <10 25 >25