Quality standards in cold chain logistics are the guidelines for determining what makes high-quality shipping. They include requirements for the speed of shipping, temperature management guidelines, and compliance with regulations. Here’s how to maintain quality standards in the cold chain.
How to Maintain Quality Standards in the Cold Chain
- Track and control temperature.
Temperature-sensitive products must be stored in a a pre-cooled compartment that is equipped with at temperature monitoring device, such as Cargo Data’s Lightning Real-Time temperature monitoring instruments. Temperatures must be controlled and monitored during the entire transportation process.
2. Maintain cleanliness.
Vehicles are subject to inspection, so it’s important that carriers properly maintain their cleanliness. In addition, loading and unloading stations must have handwashing facilities.
3. Train carriers.
Carriers are required to complete training and earn certificates to prove that they can implement proper practices for safe food transportation.
4. Exchange temperature data.
Temperature data must be logged and available to the receiver and shipper. Cargo Data’s Lightning Real Time instruments are designed to provide all parties (shipper, carrier, receiver) with a complete in-transit temperature record.
5. Retain Data
Temperature data records must be maintained for at least 12 months. Lightning Real-time users can view archived data online at www.cargodatacorp.com.
6. Analyze risk.
An effective risk analysis is crucial in order to identify and mitigate risks in the cold chain. High risk areas include points of product, handoffs or transfers, ports, transfer facilities, and customer deliveries. Your risk analysis should include handling policies and an overall management plan.
How Cargo Data Can Help
Cargo Data Corporation recommends shippers, carriers, and receivers each study the FSMA text to determine their responsibilities as mandated by the Act. ccurate temperature records, ease of use, cost effectiveness, transparency, and easy data archiving features will be important aspects of any in-transit temperature monitoring program.