Dairy and ice cream products are most vulnerable to tampering or contamination while beyond our control in the retail display cabinet. Remember the Tylenol tampering deaths? Both raw milk and packaged product transportation security is primarily an enhanced, more formal approach and a better-documented extension of the product quality assurance/"cold chain" training and protection you should have been doing all along.
Specing a refrigerated truck body is something no fleet manager takes lightly. It is the most important safeguard during transportation-the largest and weakest link in the cold chain. It also carries a substantial price tag-up to $40,000 per body with refrigeration.
Dairy processors do an excellent job of processing and bottling milk so that low initial bacterial numbers are observed. In fact, the standard plate count (SPC) of freshly pasteurized milk typically runs approximately 500 cfu/mL (or even lower).
BRENHAM, Texas-Among the suppliers of packaging and ingredients at Blue Bell Creameries Inc.'s anchor plant here in central Texas is a lumber supplier. Yes, lumber. The famous ice cream maker from Texas also builds its own pallets at its 500,000 foot headquarters plant. But it also operates six robotic palletizers that feed a highly automated warehouse and distribution system. And while Blue Bell uses the latest packaging materials for those containers and novelty wrappers that accompany its product to the end user consumers, those packaged products are put into waxed, corrugated cardboard shipping boxes that come back to the ice cream plant for re-use.
Safeway's Denver milk plant produces milk and cheese for the company's private label program. From its 80,000 square-foot facility, the company manufactures more than 450,000 gallons of milk and 275,000 lbs of cheese per week. The cheese products are sent to more than 1,800 locations in approximately 10 states and three Canadian provinces; the milk products are distributed to nearly 150 stores in the company's Colorado region.
To complement Anderson Erickson Dairy's new 17,000 square foot state-of-the-art cultured products distribution center in Des Moines, Iowa, the company was looking for the best way to automate the palletizing of its cultured products packaging lines. According to Norm Dostal, director of plant operations, the real challenge on this project was finding an automatic palletizing solution that could handle our wide range of cultured products package sizes and have the equipment fit into a fairly tight space.
RIIHIMÄKI, Finland-Among Finland's most intrinsic national treasures are its vast, pristine forests, harboring berries, reindeer, mushrooms and moose, and linking the country's peoples to a key part of their heritage. Subsequently, this eastern Scandinavian nation's modern paper and pulp industry is one of its most important, and one of the most progressive of its kind in the world. So it is at once ironic and completely natural that Finland's dominant dairy company's most recent capital investment will allow it to reduce its use of paperboard boxes as shipping containers.
FDA (21CFR 131.110) describes milk as "the lacteal secretion, practically free from colostrums, obtained by the complete milking of one or more healthy cows." Milk obtained aseptically from the udders of healthy cows contains a very low number (<1,000/ml) of bacteria. However, since milk is an excellent growth media, microorganisms introduced during production and handling may multiply rapidly under conditions of marginal refrigeration(slow cooling and storage between 40)