Generalities applicable to all frozen food:
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.
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An industrial facility dedicated to cold storage of food products.
More precisely, we define a Refrigerated Warehouse as an industrial complex comprising premises, facilities and equipment permanently or temporarily dedicated to storing refrigerated food and may constitute in itself an autonomous refrigeration industry, be annexed to another larger center or have annexs to its activity.
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.
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.
Refrigerated warehouses are an important part of the marketing process of fruit and vegetables. They demand careful planning in their design, construction, management and daily operations.
DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
Before building a refrigerated warehouse it is important to determine the requirements and environmental conditions of the site.