Countering Microbes in Frozen Transportation of Food
Refrigerated or Frozen transportation is solely responsible for numerous undermined benefits we experience today in our everyday life. Try imagining the time when you couldn’t go 50 miles without spoiling the food you are carrying. Try to imagine going back to the days when you could only eat fruits that are in season. Refrigerated logistics has allowed us to transport food over long distances without being spoiled at all. However, food transportation raises another important issue which is sterility. You can’t have your food contaminated with bacteria and fungi that have hitch hiked the freight as well, because the food is meant for human consumption.
Humid and warm conditions are ideal for the proliferation of bacteria. Wooden pallets and cardboard packaging are capable of soaking up moisture and harboring bacteria. There are certain practices you could exercise to deal with these unacceptable microbes. Refrigerated trucks come in contact with pallets, crates, packages during loading and unloading. The key is the good old practice of cleaning the van, but how you do it is going to decide the fate of your truck’s sanitation. The cleaning must be quick, easy, frequent and thorough, in order to be implemented before or after each freight, without skipping. Here’s how you can do it.
First, thoroughly rinse all the surfaces that the carried goods have come into contact with. Start from the front and work to the rear end door. If the goods like fish and meat were stacked, start from the highest point on the wall that it could have touched and work towards the floor. Any leaks and wet zones are to be rinsed off the surface.
After rinsing off any visible soiling, squeegee any pooled water that is accumulated in any depressions on the van floor. Then, spray the entire interior compartment of the truck with a sanitizing solution, and make sure you cover the entire compartment’s interior surface. Any loading equipment used in the truck must be sprayed too, including the pallet truck, and especially its wheels. At the end, spray the rubber seal of the rear end door and the head of the squeegee that’s used as well. Then shut the truck doors closed, and put a colored tag on it. The colored tag would indicate that the truck has been rinsed and sanitized. Therefore, before carrying any unpacked raw food such as meat and poultry, the sanitizer will have to be rinsed out before loading.
Rinsing the whole truck inside and out is a good practice that doesn’t let bacteria form its colonies in any stagnant moist zones. Use a heavy-duty cleaner to rinse ceilings, walls, floors, even the catch tray and drain trap in the refrigeration unit, so that no bio-films form in these overlooked places. Make sure that the sanitizing chemicals you use do not deteriorate the rubber door seal because it is responsible for sealing the refrigerated internal atmosphere. Also make sure your sanitizer of choice functions just as well in low refrigeration temperatures without losing its efficacy. To ensure your goods are transported in a thoroughly cleaned environment, Frost Dubai Refrigerated Trucks is a safe choice that offers, well maintained rental freezer trucks at affordable rates, so you don’t have to worry about the contamination of your packed, unpacked, or partially packed goods.