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Refrigeration Best Practice in the Food Sector

Varying regulations decide what best practice is when moving, shipping or hauling freight of an organic nature, namely food and other fast-moving consumer goods. Keeping these sorts of products cooled to an appropriate temperature is important in ensuring bacteria and other germs don’t thrive on food sources on the road. It’s a precise degree of refrigeration that’s needed to maintain food healthy upon thawing, and it’s precise technology that’s required to record and adjust the climate inside a moving freight vehicle for optimum temperatures.

It’s not just food and perishable goods that need their temperature perfectly regulated during freight. Medical and pharmaceutical products require proper climate control during freight to remain useful and effective to medical practitioners. When the slightest difference in degree of temperature makes a direct impact on someone’s physical wellbeing, it’s best to use highly dynamic temperature regulation technology to ensure safety and good health.

Make sure your suppliers are using only the best temperature monitoring technology when moving food and other perishable goods between their farm and your facility. The temperature of shipping freight can change during transit, which can damage your goods, so consider a situation where a constant influx of data feeds adjustments to a thermodynamic control unit. Your goods are monitored at all times in this scenario and are guaranteed to remain safe and secure during freight.

The technology needed for optimum temperature control will vary depending on the length of transit, but in a world where cold chain technology has developed to the extent where nationwide cold freight is possible, which has contributed significantly to economic development, specifications will be available from temperature regulator manufacturers depending on the distance needed to be travelled.

Guidelines for frozen shipping compliance have been put together by the Australian Food & Grocery Council in their Cold Chain regulations. The guidelines include several sections detailing the signage used to denote if goods in-transport should be kept warmer than or cooler than a specific temperature. Details of stock rotation signage and best practice are also included and the document in its entirety can be found on the AFGC website.

The same regulations apply to refrigeration processes on-site, so ensure you’re up to date with compliance by checking out the rules. Update your thermal regulation technology if you have to, to make sure your food is kept safe and your customers happy and healthy.