Freezing is a very widespread way to preserve food products and it is common to move them using refrigerated transports. The load is placed in a state of suspended animation, allowing for it to be used weeks or even months after production. The frozen state prevents bacterial growth, enzyme activity and slows down oxidation thereby extending the storage period.
Packaging and transport of frozen meat:
Most of the loads corresponding to red meat cuts, are prepared according to the preferences of the country or customer.
Chopped meat is wrapped in polythene materials to prevent moisture loss and then packed in boxes. The boxes must be sealed, secured with tape and carry an identification tag. The resistance of the boxes must be capable of withstanding the height of the stack without the boxes becoming deformed.
National regulations for import and export loads of red meat may vary by country, and usually specify a maximum temperature for storage. Usually this is -12 º C, but it may vary to -18 ° C due to the demands of large supermarket chains and / or more stringent requirements for quality control of different governments.
In the logistics hub in Panama, the specialists in storage and cold product handling are Galores Cold Cold Storage.
The high demand from consumers has forced distributors to increase the import of this product.
While this is happening, oversupply in the local production of fresh potatoes is deteriorating domestic production. According to Fabian Segura, president of the Costa Rican Chamber of Potato Growers, there is an oversupply as a result of over-seeding, but what is having the biggest effect is the preference for frozen pre-fried potatoes.