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Improve Safety, Maintain Quality With Temperature Controlled Trailers

Improve Safety, Maintain Quality With Temperature Controlled Trailers

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Every day millions of cartons of food products are delivered to restaurants, school cafeterias, hospitals, and many other food-centric destinations. While many people are unaware of the complex network of transportation and labor involved for getting these foods from farm to plate, but it requires a highly coordinated series of transportation partners. While distribution is often of little concern in discussions about the food safety chain, the safety and quality measures taken by successful distributors are just as effective as the hazard analysis and control plan at the food supplier’s facility or the careful handling and preparation of the food service operator.
Every day millions of cartons of food products are delivered to restaurants, school cafeterias, hospitals, and many other food-centric destinations. While many people are unaware of the complex network of transportation and labor involved for getting these foods from farm to plate, but it requires a highly coordinated series of transportation partners. While distribution is often of little concern in discussions about the food safety chain, the safety and quality measures taken by successful distributors are just as effective as the hazard analysis and control plan at the food supplier’s facility or the careful handling and preparation of the food service operator.

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Improve Safety, Maintain Quality with Temperature Controlled Trailers Every day millions of cartons of food products are

delivered to restaurants, school cafeterias, hospitals, and many other food-centric destinations. While many people are unaware of the complex network of transportation and labor involved for getting these foods from farm to plate, but it requires a highly coordinated series of transportation partners. While distribution is often of little concern in discussions about the food safety chain, the safety and quality measures taken by successful distributors are just as effective as the hazard analysis and control plan at the food supplier’s facility or the careful handling and preparation of the foodservice operator. One way that logistics professionals and distribution centers alike are maintaining the quality and safety of their perishable food items is through the use of temperature controlled containers. As you know from your refrigerator at home, the best way to keep perishable goods like produce, meat, and dairy products fresh and in pristine condition is to keep them cold and within a fairly specific range of humidifies. These containers are capable of achieving temperatures as low as ten degrees below zero (Fahrenheit), and as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit. They can also maintain humidity within a two-percent range for as long as 72 hours. The cooling compressions system used on these refrigerated containers is powered by rechargeable batteries that can run for up to 48 hours between recharges. Additionally, all temperature and humidity controls are located externally on the container, so that drivers and dockhands never have the need to disturb the pristine environment of the containers interior. After goods have been loaded, they will remain undisturbed at their precise temperature and humidity range to prevent spoil. While not every good requires a specific humidity, controlling this variable is still important to prevent infestations of mold, mildew, or fungal growth that could contaminate food. A climate controlled trailer or container safeguards against this both with its humidity control function, as well as the internal fan that keeps air circulating within the container. The U.S. funds several federal agencies to oversee the regulation and safety of food, these are the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which monitors the production of meat, poultry and eggs; and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which regulates safety in the production, processing, packing, transporting and storing of foods. These agencies have provided U.S. food companies with ‘best practices’ guidelines covering general sanitation, appropriate packaging, and proper transportation and storage. All of the USDA and FDA’s best practices can be summed up as simply ‘maintaining the cold chain.’ In other words, keeping perishable goods cold to prevent them from becoming contaminated or spoiled. This involves using refrigerated docks, multiple climate zones within the distribution center, and temperature controlled containers. According to one food science writer, the transportation of food is an ‘extension of storage’. A refrigerated truck is basically a mobile cold store. While there are some additional design considerations in a mobile refrigerated storage facility, but the food science considerations are remarkably similar. Refrigerated containers and trailers are the ultimate solution for transporting or storing perishable goods. Click here for a custom quote on a temperature controlled trailer now!

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