Refrigerated transport helps food reach its destination fresh and safe in terms of sanitation. There is, therefore, a need to consider factors that may affect the supplier, shipper, carriers, loaders and receivers during the transportation process. Note some important aspects that will guarantee food safety.
Design and Maintenance of Transport Equipment
The design and maintenance of transport equipment is not a factor that relies on the carrier alone. There needs to be communication between the supplier, shipper, carriers, loaders and receivers. When there is communication between these individuals, it is possible to determine the condition that the food to be transported will be in before transit and the necessary measures and precautions that have to be set up for safe delivery. This will also help identify the right refrigerated transport design to select.
Refrigerated transport trucks need to be constantly inspected. Any breakdown could lead to huge losses as time is usually of the essence.
Clearly Written and Defined Transportation Procedures
To achieve maximum sanitation, clear procedures must be outlined and shared among the supplier, shipper, carriers, loaders and receivers. This way it will be clear what role each person plays and what not to do. Every person should be aware of the temperature parameters, packaging parameters, how to handle the food in a sanitary manner and the correct stowage practices.
Remember that the transport vehicles will not always be on the move, and there may be a period when storage will be required. Proper measures need to be taken to prevent pests from getting into the storage units.
The transportation of perishable goods can be risky and a slight drop in temperature can cause devastating losses, especially for bulk transportation. It is good to have an insurance cover as a safety net. It can be quite tedious when trying to find out who messed up in a chain that involves many different parties.
Suppliers, shippers, carriers, loaders and receivers should all be trained and have certification for properly handling perishable goods and equipment intended to help ensure the goods remain fresh. This should include both education and training at school and on the worksite. With this expertise, each party can be able to identify if there is a problem at any stage of transportation and manage the situation accordingly.
Considering the above factors will guarantee that perishable goods are delivered safely and that any problem along the way can be mitigated.