Industry Challenges

The Need for Cold Chain Monitoring

A poorly managed cold chain leads to significant product waste/loss and significant health risks.

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SOME BASIC FACTS ABOUT THE FOOD COLD CHAIN

  • 30% to 50% of food produced around the world ends up as waste every year.
  • Approximately 75% of all food waste occurs during the production and distribution stage: in the supply chain.
  • 48,000,000 food-related illnesses occur per year in the U.S., leading to 128,000 hospital stays and more than 3,000 deaths per year.
  • Up to 1.9 million deaths per year are due to food safety issues in developing countries.
  • By 2000, two thirds of all food borne illnesses were due to temperature abuse.
  • Infection is primarily the result of bacteria growing quickly in transportation and supply chain processes.
  • 20% of domestic and commercial refrigerators operate at a temperature of > 10°C (50°F).  But food regulations require refrigeration of 5°C or less to prevent disease.

SOME BASIC FACTS ABOUT THE PHARMA COLD CHAIN

  • By 2015, 8 of 10 global pharmaceutical products will require 2° – 8°C cold chain storage and handling
  • A Unicef study in India found 18% of vaccines fall outside of the required 2° – 8°C temperature band during distribution.
  • The Global pharma industry will spend $8.4 billion on cold chain logistics in 2014.

Effective cold chain monitoring prevents loss of money, loss of reputation and loss of life!