When in transit temperatures may be a factor with your shipment failing to meet contract at destination, there are several key factors to review and ascertain what may have caused, or contributed to the situation. Three major components for review are: 1) pulp temperatures of the produce at origin and at time of loading,  in comparison to the pulp temperatures reflected at destination on the government inspection, 2) the portable temperature recording device placed inside the trailer at shipping point and 3) the carrier’s download of the smart reefer unit.  Today’s blog focuses on the third component, the carrier’s smart reefer download.

The FDA’s Preventive Control Rule went into effect November 16, 2015, as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

This new rule makes current Good Manufacturing Practices mandatory and establishes new standards for Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls for human food. Some companies will need to be in compliance as soon as September 19, 2016, and qualified facilities must already retain documentation to support their status.

Stephanie Metzinger


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