Plan your trips across those areas that get to be 115 degree, try to get in and out of that area asap, make sure the office knows of food banks that will take refused loads quick.
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What is the rejection pulp temp for fresh chicken? Doing a rare broker load for us. We never do fresh meats and I've never been to a plant where the broker says driver must be on dock and pulp and count the product. [Like they've had temperature problems with this shipper before] Broker wants 26 degree F continuous in transit. Whole legs, 40# net cases, 1,000 cases minimum.
PECO Foods Pocahontas, AR > California
I'm going to feel so dirty and ashamed going into a fresh poultry plant. I never wanted to be a "chicken hauler" and not only that, I don't have the lights or speed for it, either.
Never in all my years hauling fresh chicken have i ever seen or heard of pulping a chicken load. Fresh chicken should have ice on top of the chicken in the box. That is where "chicken slime" comes from. The legs may be in plastic bags in the box, but the one's i hauled were loose in the box, covered in ice.
And they may not even let you on the dock, citing food safety laws.
I've never been allowed on a dock at a meat packing place back when I was with a meat hauler outfit. But I've never been to a "Peco Foods" facility either but it's a brand new facility. Well, whatever. will find out in the morning
Here is a overview
Here are two snippets from that source, and source will contain additional links for food reefer work.
Trailers and trucks should be pre-cooled for at least 1 hour before
loading to remove residual heat from the insulation and inner
lining of the trailer as well as from the air of the trailer.
the doors should be closed and the temperature setting
of the unit should be no higher than 26 °F. (Note, however, that
poultry products labeled “fresh” must be shipped at temperatures
higher than 26 °F, usually between 26 °F and 32 °F.)
foremen should document that all freight is 40 °F or lower
before loading. Freight should not be allowed to remain on the
loading dock in warm weather in order to prevent the product
temperature from rising above 40 °F.
regulations require processed poultry to be packaged
and shipped at a temperature no higher than 40 °F
.STexan Thanks this.
And no, they don’t allow drivers on dock.Last edited: Aug 4, 2018
x1Heavy Thanks this.
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