INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

The Need for Cold Chain Monitoring

A cold chain or cool chain is a temperature-controlled supply chain

From production to storage to distribution services, all activities maintain and record the desired time and temperature to improve shelf-life.

INDUSTRIES SUPPORTED

LIFE SCIENCES

  • Pharmaceutical Logistics
  • Vaccine & Immunization Cold Chain
  • Blood & Biological Specimens

REFRIGEREATED TRANSPORT

  • Refrigerated Transport & Storage
  • Courier Services
  • Food Distribution

INDUSTRIAL FOOD SAFETY

  • FSMA Food Safety
  • Hotels & Corporate Hospitality
  • Retail Grocers & Supermarkets

MEAT, SEAFOOD & DAIRY

  • Meat & Poultry Controlled Temperature
  • Dairy Cold Chain
  • Seafood Cold Chain

HIGH VALUE SPECIALTY

  • Controlled Room Temperature
  • Specialty Foods
  • Chocolates & Confectioners

 

SOME BASIC FACTS ABOUT THE FOOD COLD CHAIN

  • 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.