One of the important ways to verify that produce is cooled to the proper temperature is to pulp the produce during the loading process of the trailer and have it witnessed by the truck driver. Here’s the process of pulping and the key role it plays in preventing temperature issues.
What is Temperature Pulping?
Pulping refers to the process of taking the temperature of the internal flesh of refrigerated good to ensure that the temperature at the time of shipment meets the prescribed temperature ranges.
Who is Responsible for Pulping?
The following is a brief summary of the responsibilities each party has in a transaction.
Carrier: The carrier’s temperature control equipment and reefer units aren’t designed or responsible for bringing produce pulp temperatures into temperature compliance. Carriers are only required to keep air temperatures inside the truck within the temperature range instructed by the shipper. Unfortunately, pulp temperatures may rise despite the carrier’s maintenance of proper air temperatures in transit.
Shippers: Shippers are held responsible for proper pulp temperatures by using pre-cooling techniques such as forced air cooling and/or hydrocooling. They must maintain accurate records on how the product was handled prior and during loading.
Receivers: Receivers should pulp the product upon arrival prior to unloading the truck. Plus, they should collect temperature recorders and document where the recording devices were found. If receiving the product under protest, the receiver must indicate the reasons why.
Drivers: Drivers should record pulp temperatures on the bill of lading (BOL). If the pulp temperature reads high on the bill of lading, drivers need to address this discrepancy as soon as possible.
How to Perform Pulping Properly
Pulping is done by using a probe or digital pulp thermometer, such as Cargo Data’s FliProbe. When loading and unloading the shipment, drivers should pulp at least every other pallet of the product to ensure a normal temperature range. It’s important to note that perishable items may not show any condition defects.
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