Cross Contamination, we have all heard of that expression before, which is why it is so important to transport food in a refrigerated van. Cross contamination occurs by the spread of harmful bacteria and pathogens that are passed to the food by a number of ways, such as: touch, transport, equipment, improper handling, etc. But the main reason is discussed in the following paragraphs.
Cold foods need to stay cold. The ideal temperature for cold foods is 40’F or lower. Transporting food at a temperature higher than 40’F encourages bacterial growth on the food. The most dangerous temperature for cold foods is 90’F, which is when all these bacteria just go crazy and begin to produce more and more. So the chances of getting sick, also grows. Let’s just think for a second, 90’F is the average temperature of the inside of the vehicle, may it be a car or van. So transporting food from point A to point B, at that temperature causes a huge risk of bacterial growth. Someone might reason, but we are going to cook it anyway, so what is the big deal? It is a big deal because cooking the food product that has been held at the incorrect temperature, now has growing bacteria on it, so we contaminate our workspace, also most bacteria does not die off, in the high temperatures it is exposed at while being cooked. So we can still get sick, very sick. This is way it is necessary to transport food in a refrigerated van. Never buy perishable items that have not been transported correctly. Click here.
Frozen foods un-thaw fast. Let’s understand the chemical process of freezing a perishable item, as the food item begins to freeze, the cellular wall begins to break down, that’s why when we eat something that has been frozen it doesn’t taste as good as fresh. That cellular breakdown causes the unthawed food to be more susceptible to bacteria than fresh food. What happens when we refreeze food that was previously frozen? Again, as the food item refreezes there is even more cellular breakdown, changing the integrity of the item. Also, because there has been so much cellular breakdown it is very easy for bacterial growth once those little ice crystals disappear. That is way it is so important when transporting frozen goods that it is done in a refrigerated van that has a section for frozen items. In United States, it is required to carry frozen goods at a certain temperature, to keep it safe.
If we are in the habit of transporting perishable items that need to be held at 40’F or frozen goods that need to be held at 0’F, we will need to invest in a refrigerated van. Where can we find such a van? Online, we can find various options of refrigerated vans for sale, new and used. We will want to choose the one that is best for transporting, the type of food items, we will be carrying. If we transport perishable items in a non-refrigerated van, we will be held accountable by the law, primarily for breaking the law and if someone does get sick from improperly transporting, we could be held responsible and even be sued by the courts. So take the time and look online to find the ideal refrigerated van for your business.
Purchasing a good refrigerated van is a small price to pay for avoiding lots of heartache.