Are Trucks Baking Our Foods?

An amazing story aired on this morning’s edition of NBC’s The Today Show describing how commercial food trucks are carrying perishable food at dangerous temperatures.  Beef, pork, chicken, eggs, milk, and produce are all being transported in hot trucks that do not have proper refrigeration, or in some cases, no refrigeration at all.  You can read the story here.

Are the Contents of This Truck Properly Refrigerated?

Of course, this poses health risks to the public as high temperatures create issues relating to salmonella and E. coli.  The report highlights both the issues and enforcement challenges.  Police often don’t have the authority to seize the food but, even if they do, they’re only able to inspect a small fraction of all of the trucks on the road. As a result, it’s near impossible to identify tainted food via inspection and the public remains at risk.

In-transit temperature monitoring can help to address this problem by enabling the recipient, be it a grocery store or a restaurant, to get documented proof of quality when items are received.  Tamper proof temperature monitor tags can check and log the temperature at regular intervals and provide a complete history during transit so that problem shipments can be identified.  Information about temperature monitoring tags can be found on our website.

Kevin Payne

Senior Director of Marketing

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