Food Safety and Refrigerated Transportation

Category: Refrigerated Transportation January 10, 2014

Food safety is a major concern not only during preparations, but especially while storing, transporting and distributing refrigerated or frozen food.

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) was formed a decade ago by a group of retailers in Europe in order to create benchmarks for different food safety standards or schemes – all around the world – against the GFSI defined set of standards. These methods receive recognition as sound means for contributing to the safety of the global food supply chain.

In his article “Food Science – The Transportation of Food,” Robert James Hart writes, “In many ways, the transportation of food can be viewed as an extension of storage…A refrigerated [truck] is essentially a cold store on wheels.” Because of this, the same food safety considerations for storage must also be considered during transportation and distribution.

There are many potential opportunities for less than optimal refrigerated and frozen transportation, from proper storage, to a clean, temperature controlled staging area, to sealed door loading and unloading. Accountability is paramount, as is experience, training, technology and best of class facilities.

Hanson Logistics abides by GFSI through the BRC schema set of standards and has a proven track record in continuously improving food safety practices before they become law. We also ensure that our carriers are thoroughly qualified in food safety standards.

Contact us to learn more about our refrigerated and frozen food warehousing and distribution.

Keep on Trucking (Even in Weather Delays)

Category: Trucking January 30, 2014

Virtually every interstate system east of the Rockies has experienced some measure of disruption during the last month of Polar Vortex weather. From whiteout snowfall to gale force winds to fog as heavy as blanket wraps, truck drivers face an unprecedented upheaval in an already demanding occupation. Weather is an increasing threat to supply chain Read the full article…