By Allie Gallant
Contamination in shipping can wipe out all the time, money and effort you put into producing safe food. Variables like time, temperature, handling, and storage conditions are as critical as safety on the farm or in the processing plant.
When food is in-transit, every container, truck, rail car or cargo hold matters. So do countless workers and external factors, like weather or mechanical failures. Logistics require a high degree of flexibility to deal with real-time changes in conditions. How can you control the risks? Look to automation and technology for help:
Logistics require a high degree of flexibility to deal with real-time changes in conditions
Risks in logistics and shipping were widely underreported for many years, although people with deep insight into supply chains knew that safety breaches were occurring. Sometimes poisonous material was shipped alongside food, or shipping containers were used for both food and non-food items.
Consultant firms that specialize in logistical risk go a long way to help companies ensure their programs are successful and up-to-date. Controlling for risks in transportation and logistics is no different than any other part of your food safety plan: identifying critical risks, limits, control measures, and keeping records to assess the success or failure of controls are all mandatory.
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About the Author
Allie Gallant is a regular freelance writer and blogger with Global Food Safety Resource and she is also one of our most valuable and recognizable contributors.