The food processing industry spends a lot of effort in measuring and monitoring cold chain temperatures, be it during storage of raw materials, storage of finished product prior to shipping or storage in the distribution facilities.

Continuous Temperature Monitoring
Continuous Temperature Monitoring

When a manufacturer has time and temperature under control, quality and safety issues don’t figure in until after the product has left the manufacturer’s control.

The issue of time/temperature control during transportation has been discussed often during the past few years. Some of the thinking has been centered on considering this a critical factor, and in the mid-1990s, FDA and USDA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking related to time/temperature control during transportation.

However, although people often talk about cold chain time/temperature in terms of safety concerns, if you look at where the problems have arisen, very rarely has there been an instance that’s safety related with respect to temperature control during transportation. In those rare instances, problems have arisen due to gross temperature abuse of product. And while you’d be hard-pressed to think of a safety problem in the last 20 years that is related to temperature control during transportation, except perhaps for scombrotoxin in seafoods, the food industry would tell you that there have been a number of quality issues. Companies do turn back product simply because of temperature abuse during transportation, which is a problem, just not necessarily a safety one.

One challenge is ensuring that you are paying attention to the monitoring devices that you have in place. Many companies use circular recorders or thermometers in their cold rooms, but thermometers by themselves don’t do anything—somebody has to be paying attention to the instrument and the readings and be able to make adjustments, if necessary. Just because you’ve walked into the refrigerated unit and it seems cold does not mean that it is operating at the appropriate temperature for quality control.

The PIMM™ Continuous Temp Monitoring (PIMM™ CTM) program is the first monitoring program of its kind that allows distributors to share specific temperature performance data with their customer’s / brand owners without sharing every detail of their operations.

Our system provides instant feedback and alerts to allow distributors to properly manage their air temperatures across their refrigerated fleet. When an excessive temperature violation occurs, the system can project the damage on the underlying products with the use of the PIMM™ PPT simulated product temperature.

To learn more how we can help your Cold Chain Management, please call us today 1-858-457-8160 or send contact request –

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