temperature recording for perishables

Cost-Effective Temperature Recording for Perishables

Why you need a temperature recording device when cold-chain shipping perishables?

Anyone whose business involves products that require temperature control will know just how strict regulations are. Raw materials, ingredients, intermediate products and finished products likely to support the reproduction of pathogenic micro-organisms, or the formation of toxins, are not to be kept at temperatures that could result in a risk to human health. The cold chain is not to be interrupted, lest entire shipments go to waste, or even worse, harm be done.

Generally speaking, both at-risk foodstuffs and temperature sensitive medicines must be kept somewhere between -24°C (-11.2°F) and 8°C (46.4°F) with only reasonably small periods spent unchilled for loading and unloading purposes. If the cold chain is broken, the food or drug becomes unfit for human consumption. Failure to properly adhere to this national requirement can result in massive financial losses, public harm and even criminal charges.

Maintaining the quality of temperature-sensitive products throughout their journey is therefore essential, and however occasionally this fails, knowing when and for how long the goods were out of the safe zone is critical for proper decision making and, perhaps most importantly, accountability. Simple strip chart recorders such as the Inkatech unit are the standard in the perishables shipping industry. The charts are clear and easy to read, and provide solid documentary evidence of the temperature conditions during transit, making due diligence on food and drug shipments highly economical.

There have been a number of documents incidences of vaccines being shipped to developing countries with no mind paid to temperature control, resulting in the vaccines becoming inactivated due to excess exposure to heat. Convincing the local population of their non-existent safety presents obvious harm concerns; in reality, these people were put at great risk since they may have no longer bothered to avoid contact with the infectious agent in question.

A paper-based strip chart recorder has many advantages over digital units. Primarily, if data is being stored to some form of electronic memory, the risk of corruption (or even tampering) rendering the record useless is very real. Additionally, reading the data at the loading bay is instantaneous, requiring no extra equipment; a digital recorder, however, would need a computer before the information could be accessed.

Rushed delivery managers have been known to sign-off shipments as satisfactory, when in fact they had spoiled, simply due to the lack of a nearby PC. A staff member who can see immediately that a shipment is unacceptable is far more likely to refuse the load and demand a redelivery, potentially saving his or her employer thousands in raw material costs and considerably more again in legal costs.

The Inkatech device is battery operated and single use. It serves as an official proof when unsafe conditions occur during transport and ensures that damaged shipments are identified as soon as possible, minimising losses and safeguarding the customer experience. Any end-user who receives a substandard or harmful product represents serious harm done to a brand, but an Inkatech recording device could practically eliminate such instances. It truly is an essential part of today’s logistics industries.

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