Produce picked from the field has a long road before arriving on the consumer’s plate. First, the harvested food immediately goes to a cooling facility located near the field. From the cooling facility, trucks take the commodity to a distribution center. Finally, the produce is transported to the grocery stores. For these trips, shippers typically use in-transit loggers to insure that the carrier did what was necessary to provide and deliver the commodities that the receiver purchased.
In the past, shippers of perishable products would arrange with carriers to deliver their shipment from Point A to Point B and hope for the best. There was little or no visibility into the temperature conditions in the back of the truck or where en route the truck actually was.
Fortunately, the FlashLink® BLE Data Logger changes all that. The “BLE” stands for Bluetooth Low Energy and has turned the product into a real-time temperature, humidity and location solution.
Extreme shipment conditions and temperatures require “extreme” monitoring products. Dry ice is commonly used for shipments such as industrial commodities and biological substances in order to provide a very cold shipping container environment.
In order to effectively monitor such shipments to guarantee that the low temperature has been maintained, shippers need loggers that can withstand these extreme conditions.
In the journeys from "Field to Fork," in-transit temperature loggers provide evidence that the commodity is fresh and that proper temperature has been maintained. The independent temperature logger ensures that the item being offered for sale will have the best possible quality and longest shelf life.
But what happens if the loader forgets to start the logger? Indeed, according to DeltaTrak hard data, approximately 8% of in-transit loggers are never actually started!
A couple of years ago, I took my kids to a fruit orchard in the Bay Area. The orchard had some blackberry bushes, so we picked a lot of berries that hot June day and then went on to also pick some apricots.
We placed the cardboard box with the berries on the back seat of the car and drove home--about an hour away. From that hour in the car which included the time it took the car to cool down, the berries had left bright purple-colored stains on the box. Clearly, the berries had suffered from the heat and would all have to be eaten quickly or be thrown away.
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