The Proper Packaging and Transportation Practices of Produce
It is estimated that food and beverage processing accounts for almost 20% of total manufacturing shipments. Food and beverage logistics is a huge deal for many companies. From warehousing and distribution services to wheels logistics tracking, there is a lot to decide. Ultimately, when it comes to food and beverage logistics though, safety and reliability are the end goals.
When coordinating food and beverage logistics, safety plays two parts. First, the safe transport of the food so that it arrives intact, and in a condition fit for sale. Second, safe food transportation methods must take place to ensure the food is safe to consume by customers after being purchased. As far as food and beverage logistics reliability is concerned, getting your shipments to the right place, on time, every time, is a vital part of running a clean business.
When it comes to shipping produce, there are some things you should know. The FDA has many articles and publications that establish rules and guidelines for the transportation of food and beverage logistics. Recently, the Guide to Minimize Microbial Food Safety Hazards for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables was published, and while the standards set forth are currently voluntary, they are strongly encouraged for consumer safety.
The guidelines set forth can be divided into three sections: Packing facility sanitation, packing facility pest control, and proper transportation. There are additional guidelines for growing and harvesting, however, those will not be focused on in this article.
Packing Facility Sanitation: The sanitation of the packing facility will directly impact the risk factor of contaminated produce being shipped and sold. There are numerous places throughout each packing facility that can contain pathogens. Floors, drains, equipment, food-contact surfaces, and other areas are all potential sources of microbial contamination. Here are some recommendations given by the FDA to reduce pathogen exposure in a packaging facility. As a top food and beverage logistics provider, we understand and follow all of the given recommendations to ensure safety to you and the consumer.
Pest Control: Pests can both spread disease and damage produce. Because of this, we have top line pest control in all of our facilities. Here are a few recommendations from the FDA
Proper Transportation: Once the produce has properly left the packaging facility, transportation becomes the number one area of safety. As produce is transferred, if it isn’t maintained properly, microbial contamination or spoiling can occur. Having proper loading, unloading, and transportation procedures is extremely important. Here are some of the most important aspects of transportation for produce:
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