Refrigerated transport provides a way to safely supply fresh food and temperature sensitive products to places all around the world.
The majority of people enjoy these products without thinking about how they were transported. But for those who are wondering, here are some commonly asked questions about refrigerated transport.
What are refrigerated trucks used for?
Every day, everywhere around the world refrigerated transport haul all sorts of products including:
- Fresh and frozen foods
- Fine art and antiques that are temperature sensitive and must be kept in a stable climate to prevent damage.
- Chemicals and engineered materials that could be altered or damaged when exposed to exterior temperatures.
- Temperature sensitive cosmetics, perfumes and other personal care products
Can a mixture of frozen, chilled and dry products be carried in the one refrigerated truck?
Yes, there are many different types of vehicles available and some have an internal wall which enables the two spaces to be set at different temperatures.
Does the vehicle engine have to be running for the refrigeration to work?
No, refrigerated trucks have electric standby functionality, which can be plugged into an approved 15 amperes power outlet (domestic mains electricity). This maintains the temperature and is ideal when the truck must be parked overnight or during an event.
Is a refrigerated truck a fridge or a freezer?
It can be both. The thermostat can be set to any temperature between -23°C and +21°C allowing various types of climate sensitive products to be transported at their optimum temperature.
How are the trucks cleaned?
Refrigerated trucks must be cleaned regularly to maintain hygiene. There are important steps to follow to ensure health standards are adhered to. Here is an idea of what is involved:
- Set regular check-ups and maintenance
- Wash your refrigerated vehicles after each load
- Set aside all removable components such as partitioning walls, shelves and mobile thermometers.
- Wipe down all components with quality cleaning products – use only safe and specified products under Australia’s Food Safety Standards
- Deal with mould and dew quickly – this is a top priority when it comes to commercial refrigeration.
- Allow interior and components to air and dry out completely
- Reassemble all components
- Get a deep clean – hire a professional company quarterly and get refrigerated vehicles deep cleaned
- Do pre and post-trip checks
So there you have it, you now have the answers to some commonly asked questions about refrigerated transport.
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