A Guide on Refrigerated Meat Transport

Posted on: 20 March 2020

Refrigerated transport is an ideal solution for farmers and business people who need to transport meats such as chicken, fish, beef and mutton. The excerpt below discusses the various considerations you should make when transporting meat to ensure it arrives fresh at its destination.  

Preparing Products For Refrigeration

Use this short guide to help you prepare meats for refrigerated transport:

  • Slaughter the meat in a government-approved facility. Besides, clean the carcass to remove blood, fur and dirt.
  • Ask a professional to inspect the meat for signs of disease and the presence of contaminants.
  • Cut the products into appropriate sizes and package them in hygienic conditions.
  • Do not mix the meats during processing, packaging and transport. Preferably, they should be prepared in different areas.
  • Clean and disinfect the vehicle transporting the products before transport.

Finding a Refrigerated Transport Company

You need a company that understands your business needs. As such, conduct some research to determine the reputation of various companies in your area. Seek referrals and check internet reviews to examine the experience of other customers.  For instance, you would not be confident about a company that does not meet customer deadlines. The refrigerated transport company should have well-maintained trucks and highly trained personnel. Check the condition of the transport vehicles. For example, rusted floors may let in dust and pests that may contaminate the products. 

A company specialising in the transport of meats would have a better understanding of the temperature requirements. For instance, the refrigerated container could have compartments to ensure each product is transported at its recommended temperatures. For long-distance transport, choose a company with adequate warehouses and one that has the technical know-how of export trade.

Cold Chain Management

Proper cold chain management techniques will prevent the meats from going bad during transport. Inquire about the documentation procedure. Typically, the products should be inspected during loading and receiving. The company should record the temperature, the condition of the packaged products and the presence of damaged or faulty packaging. Besides, they will indicate if the customer picked the products at the right time and any challenges they may have faced during transport and warehousing. 

Some companies have remote-controlled reefers that allow the customer and staff at the headquarters to manage the transportation temperatures. Besides, some reefers have a backup power source that keeps products chilled when the truck is switched off.

Transporting meats in reefers should be easy with the above tips. Observe the recommended preparation techniques, work with a reputable company and examine the company's cold chain management procedures.