Wrap, Pack and Get on Track: A Guide to Food Transport
Freight forwarders who take on the facilitation of food transport for haulage companies must be familiar with the legalities and protocols of the process.
†The transportation of perishable goods requires not just the use of appropriately refrigerated vehicles, but also of highly specialised wrapping and packing procedures. Freight forwarders who take on the facilitation of these kinds of loads for haulage companies must be entirely familiar with the legalities and protocols of the process, or risk serious legal and health ramifications.
Haulage companies must have temperature-controlled vehicles in order to take on the transport of perishable foods. Potential problems can include incorrect separation of food items (especially meat), inadequate cleaning of containers and vehicles, use of inappropriate wrapping or cartons and unsuitable storage conditions. If stringent standards are not adhered to, goods may be contaminated with dirt, bacteria, pests and chemical tainting, which creates the potential for dire consequences.
Legalities and Practicalities
It is a legal requirement that appropriate wrapping and packing must be undertaken in order to preserve hygienic conditions for food goods and maintain their condition whilst in depot or transit.
Haulage companies must comply with the law by ensuring that the wrapping or packaging materials themselves are not a source of contamination, and that any procedures are carried out in such a way to avoid contamination of the product. Pest control measures must be put in place and, wherever food is being wrapped, the surroundings must be spacious enough to ensure that raw and processed materials are separated.
Packing and Wrapping Materials
What's more, there are legal and good practice requirements for what kind of wrapping and packing materials are used. They must provide a barrier against contamination, along with not affecting the smell or taste of the product. Materials that comply with regulations include:
Compliance for Transportation of Food
Stay Compliant and Avoid Contamination
For haulage companies and freight forwarders responsible for organising the transportation of food products, adhering to the guidelines throughout the entirety of the process will help ensure safe, healthy and happy consumers and no legal ramifications.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Norman Dulwich is a Correspondent for Haulage Exchange, the leading online trade network for the road transport industry. Connecting professionals across the UK and Europe through their website, Haulage Exchange provides services for matching haulage companies†with jobs in road transport and haulage work. Over 4,500 transport exchange businesses†are networked together through their website, trading jobs and capacity in a safe 'wholesale' environment.