The State of Cold Chain
The United States has a well-developed Cold Chain to move poultry and meat from the farm to the consumer. Yet, poor meat and poultry distribution management and processes still cause plenty of food borne illnesses every year.
What Causes food borne illnesses in Poultry and Meat?
Meat and poultry food borne illnesses can occur for many reasons:
- Improper Temperature Control
- Improper Management and Maintenance of transportation units causing exposure to chemical or biological contaminates
- Poor Packaging and/or Loading
- Ineffective Pest Control management
- Bad Personal Hygiene of someone in the food supply chain
- Poor Transportation Unit Design
Why Hire RQL?
We Are Your Cold Chain Experts
Federal produce transportation and food safety regulations are ever-evolving and the risks for non-compliance are too high to ignore. Shipping a contaminated load can ruin your company’s reputation, endanger the public and cost you customers – not to mention draw unwanted attention from regulatory agencies.
Potentially, you could get on Uncle Sam’s naughty list. The new FSMA gives the federal gov even greater power to regulate and punish companies that fail to comply to the new law governing poultry transportation and meat transportation.
At RQL, cold chain is our business. Our culture, our processes, our carriers, and our people are focused on food safety each and every day… each and every load. We understand cold chain best practices, food safety and the FSMA.
Don’t expose yourself to unnecessary risk with a freight broker that doesn’t specialize in cold chain.
FSMA – Higher Food Safety Standards from the FDA
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
With the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the bar has risen. More will be expected from everyone in the cold chain. Food safety processes will need to go from great to almost perfect.
Your cold chain supply partners will need to be upgraded. Your transportation provider should be an expert in cold chain, food safety and the FSMA.
Using a freight broker or 3PL that occasionally books a reefer is not good enough anymore. Your team must be experts at food safety – your freight broker should be too!
RQL’s Approach to Food Safety and FSMA Compliance
Each and every Client is assigned a dedicated Account Manager and a backup Account Manager to ensure a consistent experience.
Why Choose Us
- We specialize solely on Cold chain transportation – wit a particular focus on poultry, meat, produce and dairy products
- We are 100% Food Safetly Modernization Act complaint.
- Our staff is Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) trained.
- All of our employees are FSMA trained!
RQL has worked with our company for several years. We continue to utilize their services because their staff is friendly and accommodating. They ensure on time service when picking up and delivering our loads. RQL is extremely dependable, offer regular updates, and they are committed to customer service.
RQL offers proficient assistance when handling my loads. I can always count on their carriers to have reliable and prompt delivery times. When calling for an update, they give accurate dispatch information and are prone to helping fulfil my needs. RQL is a pleasure to work with.
I have been working with RQL for approximately 4 years. There are several reasons that I continue working with this company, specifically Jake. Jake’s prices are extremely competitive and he is willing to keep prices current through the season’s changes. RQL stays in constant communication, gives daily updates, and offers additional information when asked. Jake, along with his coworkers, work to understand my needs and fill them in a very professional and timely fashion.