Refrigerated Truckers to Face New Food Safety Rules

Discussion in 'Refrigerated Trucking Forum' started by MayhemTrucking, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. Pintlehook

    Pintlehook Road Train Member

    May 2, 2013
    I work for a grocery distributor and they have been "gently reminding us" to document the reefer temperatures on our trip sheets for each stop and backhaul. Not sure if it's related to the article or not, I'll ask a few questions on Monday.
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  3. MayhemTrucking

    MayhemTrucking Heavy Load Member

    Mar 23, 2010
    Denham Springs, La.
    Yea I know there are alot of the more mega companies that actually mandate they do it. Nothing wrong with it. I just check it when I get out and in the truck. Guess we will see soon enough lol
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  4. FerrissWheel

    FerrissWheel Road Train Member

    Dec 23, 2015
    So basically they are going to write regulations to mandate, what my customers and company already do.

    My reefer is making the appropriate roar right now in response.
  5. MayhemTrucking

    MayhemTrucking Heavy Load Member

    Mar 23, 2010
    Denham Springs, La.
  6. MachoCyclone

    MachoCyclone Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2012
    I've been pulling reefer for over 4 years. I have always gotten the trailer washed out after every load. My previous and current company pays for the washout, so, no excuse not to do a washout.

    My previous and current company has check call requirements in place. Twice a day over the QC and must also do verbal check call with dispatch for produce loads. Even have to take pulp temp of every pallet of produce before it goes on the trailer. If shipper doesn't allow driver on dock, it is reported back to dispatch where they note it in the system.

    Pre coolling a trailer should be a given. But, I have seen reefer drivers pull into shippers with the reefer off. They are the ones that complain about not getting loaded because they have to wait til their trailer reaches a certain temp. Some places won't even let you get through the gate if your trailer is not per cooled. I have always pre cooled my trailer to the needed temp. If the temp is not on my dispatch, then I call the customer and ask. The only time I don't pre cool if the place I am going to is a drop and hook (Tyson, JBS).

    Other than some extra training paperwork, I don't see this affecting my operation much.
  7. a30dan1

    a30dan1 Bobtail Member

    Jan 16, 2015
    We just had a list of new regulations regarding chain of custody on reefer temps that got to be related to this.will take effect April 4
  8. #1 Kenworth

    #1 Kenworth Light Load Member

    Sep 21, 2012
    New England
    Really the FDA wants to monitor it??? Aren't they the ones who just allowed companies to not have to tell where our meat comes from?? Double standards I guess.
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  9. Balakov100

    Balakov100 Road Train Member

    May 10, 2012
    Temple, TX
    We don't have to do check calls, but they know what the loads call for and they (Dispatch) get alerts on the computer if it's off.
    Either it goes through QC or the Trailers have their own sending units.

    I always pre cool.
    Pretty silly really. Precool then they take hours to load, by that time it's way off anyway.

    Washouts whenever I can.
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  10. Sux2beu

    Sux2beu Light Load Member

    More useless garbage to make money off of. And force more Americans out of a job and on welfare. I Always washed put the trailer after every load. Temperature tracking??? Isn't that why they put the temp recorders on the load for.... Food training for drivers???? Criminal prosecution???? Don't know any drivers who would tamper with food. I would be more concerned about the temp companies doing the unloading. Far easier for a unhappy lumper looking to seek revenge against the warehouse,temp company or driver. Took easy for them to tamper with a case of food from a load and get away with it. Then a driver.
  11. FOSUN

    FOSUN Bobtail Member

    Apr 2, 2016
    Most Food Companies require clean trailers before loading, well @ least the ones I have pulled for. And why would a driver not get a trailer wash out ?
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