By - SBS Expedited06/20/2021
Perishable goods like poultry, meat, vegetables, pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, and more must be transported at particular temperatures and promptly as it is at the highest risk of spoilage due to environmental factors. Temperature-controlled transporter services are ideal for transporting food in a safe and timely manner.
Everything from temperature and humidity control inside trucks, optimum transport time and ensuring the maintenance of the cold chain, and product-specific packaging are considered when transporting perishable goods to ensure consistent quality and freshness of perishable goods.
Refrigerated freight services are a great land transport alternative to air freight when transporting large volumes of high-value cargo that need to be stored at low temperatures before shipment. Refrigerated freight services are reliable and provide on-time delivery and customizable solutions depending on business requirements.
Perishable goods shipping involves transporting goods that need to be stored at temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (5 Celsius). These include fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, eggs, and fish. With the help of refrigerated transport, chilled or frozen foods can be shipped over long distances by refrigerated vehicles or containers. In contrast, a temperature-controlled transport cargo hold maintains a steady temperature throughout the journey, transporting chilled or frozen foods within a specific temperature range (from -10 degrees Celsius up to +5 degrees Celsius).
Businesses must keep specific regulations in mind depending on the perishable goods transported through road transportation. The FDA has specific regulations that ensure safe and hygienic transportation of perishable food and pharmaceutical products.
According to the FDA's Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food regulation, shipping companies, loaders, and carriers transporting human and animal food must follow sanitary practices to ensure food safety. Some of the regulations to keep in mind during transportation are as follows:
- Food transport vehicles must be made of materials like stainless steel that are efficiently cleaned and sanitized.
- Refrigerated shipping vehicles must have functioning temperature controls to maintain appropriate temperatures for food transport.
- Reefer truck temperatures are to be regularly monitored and maintained during transportation.
- During each stage of shipping - loading, transporting, unloading - accurate records of food temperatures are to be maintained by companies. These records have to be retained for up to 12 months.
Temperature-sensitive shipments need special attention because, if mishandled, they can be harmful to health and safety. For the transportation of food and other perishable items in a safe, cost-effective, and timely manner, temperature-controlled shipping services are your best bet.
Temperatures can range from -40°F to 140°F and beyond, depending on the product type. For example, frozen foods will not keep once they've been transported at temperatures above freezing point; fresh fruits and vegetables with high moisture content will rapidly deteriorate if exposed to heat; ground meat will become tough if kept too long at high temperatures (or even just below freezing point).
At SBS, we ensure the safe transport of all your goods through our fleet of refrigerated and modernized trucks. Our freight solutions are customized depending on your business needs and requirements. We provide -
- 24/7 call center assistance and dispatch services
- Real-time GPS Fleet tracking
- Custom-tailored freight solutions
- Cross-border transportation
With 60 years of experience in freight forwarding, SBS expedited is a front-runner in the logistics industry. Our experts take care to deliver your goods in a safe, affordable, and timely manner to and from Ontario, Texas, and California regions
We are Canada's #1 choice providing freight transportation services. With unmatched service and unparalleled execution, our ingenuity is well reflected by our global presence. We are committed to providing optimized freight transportation solutions for you and your business - shipping across US Texas and California Region (Utah, Nevada, Oregon, and Arizona) and Eastern Canada. SBS ensures that goods get to where they are needed! SBS dispatch and track packages throughout their transportation.
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