Regulations Affecting Temperature Control There are temperature guidelines across various industries to ensure the quality of the products is maintained along the supply chain. These regulations are part of the Hazard Analysis, Critical Control Point. HACCP is a management system that helps prevent contamination by biological, physical and chemical hazards. There is also the Food Safety Modernization Act that requires precise temperature control on food in transit. The act states that if there is a failure in temperature control that may render food unsafe, the food should not be distributed until it is determined to be safe. There are also regulations for temperature control requirements for ready-to-eat foods.
The World Health Organization has also standardized temperature ranges for various medicines and vaccines when in transit. It classifies packaging into class A, B, and C. Class A requires that the temperature does not go above 80C. Class B packaging should ensure that temperature in package does not go above 300c while Class C requires that temperatures are maintained between 300C and 20C.
Other industries, such as flowers have their temperature control regulations enforced by specific regulators. Companies in those industries need to determine the regulations that apply to their products. They should then work with temperature monitoring companies to help in ensuring temperature compliance both at the store or in transit. There should also be a team in place to monitor compliance with temperature requirements. Fortunately, there are several technologies such as wireless, temperature monitoring, temperature management systems and modern refrigeration that makes real-time temperature monitoring easy and possible around the clock.