The role of temperature indicators
In these days a lot of newspapers inform us about the controls of police on refrigerated transports. Vans and trucks are more and more stopped to check the documentation of the transported goods, driver rest times and the condition of food products requiring controlled temperatures. Since we are in summer season, these checks are essentials in order to guarantee to end-consumers that the cold supply chain is uninterrupted and the integrity of the food is maintained.
To ensure that such perishable foods are always transported at the right temperature, Propagroup proposes the use of temperature indicators, which can be used to monitor the entire transported load, indicating when any part of it is below the required temperature.
The use of temperature indicators gives big advantages to producers, the transporters and end-consumers, since:
- The producers can guarantee the freshness of the food all the way to the consumer’s table, and therefore make significant savings in terms of non-perished food. For example, it can often happen that one of a refrigerated truck’s sensors is broken. Since it is impossible to know how much of the goods around the sensor may have been damaged by the wrong temperature conditions, all the goods in the vicinity will have to be discarded. With the use of temperature indicators, it is possible to identify the individual boxes of goods that may have been damaged and only discard these, thus saving the rest of the load.
- The transporters can prove that the load has been transported correctly at the right temperature indicated by the producer.
- End-consumers are guaranteed fresh produce that has been well-preserved throughout the entire supply and delivery chain.
We can see that the use of temperature indicators is advantageous for all and guarantees greater safety in the fresh food we consume.