Proper Storage Temperatures for USDA Commodities

Correct temperature control is essential to maintain food quality, nutrient content, and control of bacterial growth. Daily monitoring of temperatures is necessary to ensure adequate storage conditions. Dry Storage Many items such as canned goods, baking supplies, grains, and cereals may be held safely in dry storage areas. The guidelines below should be followed: Keep … Continued

The Right Storage Temperature

Each cold chain varies by region, location and temperature requirements; however, ensuring a cold chain for agricultural products begins at the farm. Produce often goes through precooling at the harvest location and is then loaded onto a truck or other transportation unit designed to keep the produce protected from the sun and held within a … Continued

End-to-End Cold Chain Management

The series of warehousing and distribution activities that comprise a cold chain system are designed to ensure ideal storage and transportation conditions for temperature-sensitive products. Dozens of U.S. export industries depend on the vital links that cold chain systems provide. U.S. businesses invest hundreds of millions of dollars in their cold chain operations to create … Continued

Time-Temperature Management in Food Cold Chain

The cold chain is responsible for the preservation and transportation of perishable foods in the proper temperature range to slow biological decay processes and deliver safe and high‐quality foods to consumers. Studies show that the efficiency of the cold chain is often less than ideal, as temperature abuses above or below the optimal product‐specific temperature … Continued

Transparency and Traceability in the Supply Chain

During discussions on supply chain management it is common to see the words ‘transparency’ and ‘traceability’ used as interchangeable terms. In fact, they define very different concepts. Transparency Transparency refers to the capture and transference of ‘high-level’ information along the supply chain. The captured data is specific and accurate, relating to a product’s components, the … Continued

End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility

End-to-end visibility is a “must have” not a “nice to have” in order for organizations to effectively communicate, proactively solve problems and provide the level of service expected from both partner organizations and customers. Unfortunately, many organizations struggle with full visibility. A recent Transport Intelligence survey indicated that not having supply chain visibility was the … Continued

supply chain visibility

Visibility, response, and resiliency the most important aspects of supply chain management. Digital transformation is underway in supply chain management and it is evident in visibility. Manufacturing is an intricate web, complicated by the global economy and developments such as big data and sensor technology. Gaining visibility into the supply chain is invaluable, but it … Continued

Tips for Time and Temperature Control Foods

The temperature danger zone has its name for a reason. A single bacterium doubles every 20 minutes in the right conditions, meaning it can multiply trillions of times in just 24 hours without proper attention to food safety. The temperature danger zone is between 41℉ and 135℉—a temperature range in which pathogens grow well. Harmful … Continued

cold storage wireless monitoring system

Companies are obliged to monitor cold storage areas to preserve quality and maintain consumer product safety standards. When temperature sensitive or perishable goods are stored prior to final distribution, the storage condition data needs to be recorded and accessible anytime. Food waste and recalls are some of the most important problems of food sector nowadays … Continued

Managing the cold storage supply chain

Moving temperature-sensitive products through the supply chain presents a variety of challenges for food companies—from storage and transportation to selecting carriers and monitoring loads. Small variances can produce big headaches. A temperature difference of a few degrees during transportation, a slightly longer stay on a loading dock, or a faulty refrigeration unit can turn a … Continued