5 questions seafood suppliers need to ask to ensure proper cold chain management

Boise, Idaho, U.S.A.-based cold chain logistics company PakSense has come a long way from its humble origins filing patents in a garage-type setting a little over 10 years ago.

As of 31 August, the company has become a part of the massive climate and manufacturing technology enterprise Emerson, along with Jupiter, Florida, U.S.A.-based company Locus Traxx, which offers temperature logging technology powered by cloud-based analytics to the food industry. PakSense, which specializes in temperature monitoring solutions and labels for seafood products and other food stuffs, now serves as an integral player in Emerson’s comprehensive cold-chain management business, and will work through a transition phase in the coming months, Amy Childress, vice president of marketing for PakSense, told SeafoodSource at the 2016 Seafood Expo Asia event in Hong Kong on 6 September.

In the meantime, Childress said , the company is working with its clients – predominantly retailers and suppliers – to establish best practices in cold chain management - especially important following the new rules established by the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), which stipulates that temperature records are required in case of a food safety incident.

The development of best practices for monitoring and tracking food temperature among seafood suppliers and buyers is particularly important, Childress said.

"We’ll address this concept of freshness as cumulative, meaning with all these segments of the supply chain, if you have a break in one of them, it’s going to affect the outcome of the product when it’s on the retail shelf," she said.

From there, suppliers must ask of their operations the following questions to evaluate the state of their cold chain management process, according to Childress and PakSense:

  1. Are you properly pre-cooling these products before you ship them?
  2. Are you properly loading your products?
  3. When it’s on the truck or the cargo ship, is your reefer calibrated properly?
  4. When it arrives at the distribution center, what’s your receiving process for unloading?
  5. At your cold storage facility, what are the temperature monitoring systems that you have in place?

Logistics technologies, such as PakSense’s various temperature monitoring label devices, are designed to help have complete confidence in their cold chain process with real-time tracking data. That data is a growing necessity as traceability becomes more popular, and in light of FSMA’s recent food sanitation rule, Childress said.

For their part, retailers and distributors must ask themselves what they’re ultimately doing to monitor seafood and perishables temperatures in-store, which is where PakSense’s acquirer Emerson can help, Childress said.


More about Emerson’s acquisition of PakSense and Locus Traxx can be found here: http://www.emersonclimate.com/en-us/About_Us/News/News_Releases/Pages/emerson-expands-global-capabilities-in-fresh-food-monitoring-with-acquisitions-of-locus-traxx-and-paksense.aspx

Explore all of PakSense’s temperature tracking products here: http://www.paksense.com/products. PakSense is exhibiting at Seafood Expo Asia from 6 to 8 September at booth No. 5-507, as well as Cool Logistics Asia on 7 September.  

Seafood Expo Asia 2016 is taking place in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center from 6 to 8 September. Official media coverage of the event can be found here: http://www.seafoodsource.com/news/supply-trade/your-guide-to-official-seafood-expo-asia-2016-show-coverage-from-seafoodsource


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