Tempcon Group are specialists in handling tempered goods in unbroken cold chains. In every step, it is important to carefully follow up that the goods are delivered at the right temperature and of course also at the right place and time. But how do you, as the recipient of a delivery, carry out a correct temperature measurement and what should you think about.
When you are to receive a shipment, it is always important to first make a visual inspection of the goods and check that the protective plastic, other packaging and the goods have no visible damage, while at the same time checking that the number of packages matches what is written on the shipping documents. If it is a refrigerated or frozen delivery, a temperature check should also be carried out to ensure the quality of the delivery.
A temperature check must be carried out directly in connection with the delivery to ensure the exact delivery temperature and should be carried out in an ambient temperature that is correct for the goods. So don’t measure the pallet of chilled goods on the loading dock in the sunshine. The temperature gauge used must be approved and pre-cooled. If an IR meter is used, it can only be used to give an indication of the temperature.
When measuring the temperature, you should always wait until the measured value stabilizes. This is especially important when measuring frozen products. Then it can take up to three or four minutes before the value stabilizes. You should also remember when measuring frozen products to add two degrees colder temperature than the one you measure between the cartons.
If a first check shows that there is a deviation, a second measurement must be made. Preferably with another measuring tool. If that measurement also shows that there is a deviation, an extended measurement of the temperature must be made. This is done by measuring on the opposite side at the bottom in comparison with the first measurement and by taking a measurement in the middle of the pallet. There may also be reason to make a so-called destructive measurement when the measuring tool is inserted into the product. Keep in mind, however, if the goods have a high value, to contact the owner of the goods before a destructive measurement.
If a deviation is found even after an extended measurement, it must be acknowledged and signed on the transport documents. After that, it is important to quickly handle the goods to reduce the extent of the damage while ensuring food safety in order to preserve any residual value and thereby reduce the risk of food waste. It is also important that you, as the recipient of the goods, contact the goods owner and the carrier for information on how the handling should take place going forward. As the recipient, however, you are always obliged to store the goods at the correct temperature until further measures are decided.