CCQI, the Cold Chain Quality Indicator, is a benchmarking system that accesses the logistics capacity of a cold chain in order to maintain a certain temperature during transportation and handling of perishable temperature sensitive products (PTSP).
The proposal is to establish a CCQI system that is transparent and easy to implement, that has the ability to show proficiency and excellence in logistics operation. This requirement is independent of the numerical quality indicators used by companies.
Founded on a risk-based approach, the standard identifies facilities, methods or instructions of the logistics chain and awards points to the methods that are useful to prevent damage of perishable products. These are in addition to a number-the CCQI characteristic indicator. Along with other compliance requirements and a benchmark CCQI to be surpassed, this management system is an auditable industry standard, which to date is recognized as the CCQI industry standard.
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Guidelines have been released for the proper treatment of frozen products at all stages of the logistics chain.
From the publication "Recommendations for Logistics Frozen Products, Frozen and Ice Cream, AECOC"
Technical as well as sanitary controls for food and food products that typically require freezing temperatures for preservation and alteration must be extended to the operations of the entire supply chain so that from the origin to the final time of consumption the product keeps its inherent qualities.
A cold chain must ensure that vaccines, from the manufacturing process through to patient immunization, are maintained at the required temperatures.
From the 52nd edition of ACAIRE Journal by the Colombian
Association of Air and Refrigeration:
Vaccines are highly sensitive biological substances, whose condition and effectiveness become compromised over time and they are especially affected by exposure to heat (in some cases, at low temperatures), sunlight and fluorescent lights.
There are no situations where there is room for improvisation and, although the limits vary in flexibility, logistics applied to cold chains leave no room for error.
The complexity of cold chain logistics
It's not news that one of the determining factors in logistical planning is based on the profile of the goods: dangerous, general or perishable.
It is crucial to control the temperature in a constant way.
The cold chain is the constant temperature control at all stages of a food product, from production to consumption, keeping it in the same temperature range and ensuring, thus, its good condition. It is called "chain" because it is made up of different stages, and if some are compromised, it could result in damage to the quality and safety of the product.