|Cold Chain Management|
Sterling Solutions is a recognized U.S. leader in navigating food companies and retailers through the process of food safety and quality management within logistics. The intersection of food safety and logistics is called Cold Chain Management. Sterling has provided proprietary Cold Chain Management services to world leading carriers, distributors, food processors and retailers. Further, Sterling has a leading role in working to establish U.S. logistics standards in this area through its position as chair of the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Logistics subcommittee of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).
The term cold chain refers to two distinct components, ‘cold’ refers to the need to control temperature in preventing the growth of microorganisms in food while maintaining its wholesomeness as it is processed, shipped, delivered and stored at the stores. The term ‘chain’ focuses on monitoring the ‘chain of custody’ in which each segment of the processing, storage, transport and delivery functions are linked to the step before and after with proper documentation and records.
Effective Cold Chain Management addresses the following:
Supporting cold chain management, are definitive HACCP principles that clearly assign the food manufacturer and distributor the responsibility of proper storage, handling and distribution and maintaining proper documentation while the product is under their control.