The Truth about Temperature Abuse and Why You Need to Stop

May 14, 2015
by McCook Cold

Edward Everett Hale once said, “I cannot do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do.”

Turn on the news and sure enough there are plenty of problems from global warming to foreign policy. It can be difficult to know where to begin. In the logistics industry, there is a problem with temperature abuse, which includes raising the temperature of your reefer to save fuel costs.

Although we as a company cannot solve the whole problem, we can do something and we hope that you would join us.

The supply chain is called a chain for a reason. A chain is made of several links that bind something together. If we can all link together to fight temperature abuse in the industry, we can ensure product integrity and more.

We cannot do this alone and need carriers to help us in this pursuit by pre-cooling their trailers and maintaining the temperature throughout the entire trip.

We understand, times are hard and money is tight. You have to save where you can and some think fuel is one of the easiest ways to do that. Here is the real cost of you saving some money on fuel:

You Risk People’s Health

Delivering food that was hauled in above recommended shipping temperature can cause a product to go bad. Often times, it will go unnoticed that a product has been damaged due to temperature abuse.

Certain food has the ability to spoil and grow bacteria that is harmful to the human body. It can cause infections and sickness. You run the risk of putting food on the table that could make someone sick.

Unless you are heartless, even a few hundred dollars saved cannot be justified when you are endangering others. The definition of greed is putting your desire for money above everything else and that is what you are being by trying to save a few bucks.

Now we become no better than a corporate Wall Street hot shot that society hates.

You Risk Your Loads Being Rejected

Rejection can hurt. I will never forget the strong “no” that came out of the mouth of my middle school crush when I asked her to dance at a school dance.

When you set the temperature of your reefer above the recommended temperature, you run the risk of freight being damaged and being rejected by the customer. As a result, you may have to pay for the damages and it will cost you your reputation.

Are the risks really worth the reward? You risk putting damaged food in front of somebody for consumption, which could harm them.

If harming someone else is not bad enough, you run the risk of ruining your reputation or having to pay out money and time to replace the goods that were damaged, so let’s just stop temperature abuse!

Pre-cooling, maintaining temperatures, and safety regulations are being enforced for a reason- to keep people and freight safe. Help us spread awareness by sharing this article and telling your friends about it.

Filed Under: Food Safety

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