From the moment the product leaves your premises, all the way through to delivery at your customer’s home, warehouse or retail store, the temperature of your meat shipment must be kept within a specified temperature range to prevent products from spoiling. When it comes to shipping meat across the country, it really is all about the temperature.
Shipping Meat Refrigerated LTL Specialists
The refrigerated truck, or reefer unit, must be set at a certain temperature to safely transport the meat. Shipping meat must be maintained at a certain temperature. And the warehouses that receive and store the meat must also be set at a certain temperature.
Perishable meat and poultry must be kept colder than 40° F at all times in order to prevent the rapid growth of bacteria. Maintaining a cold temperature restricts the growth of microorganisms that can cause illnesses when ingested. Keeping meat frozen limits the growth of bacteria and microbes, making it a suitable option for the storage of such products.
Reefer Transportation Temperature
To prevent rapid growth of bacteria, perishable meat and poultry should be kept cold at 40 degrees F for below or frozen at 0 F during transport from a meat-packing plant to a refrigerated warehouse or retail store. The lower temperature prevents growth of microorganisms that cause food-borne illnesses. Freezing keeps meat safe by slowing the movement of molecules, which causes microbes to become dormant.
Keeping the meat at a constant temperature is where Cannonball Express Transportation comes in. Our refrigerated trucks or reefer units keep the air inside at just the right temperature. The trailers are constructed in such a way that allows the cold air to fully circulate below and above the meat as it is being transported. Our drivers monitor the temperature inside the trailer to ensure it remains constant during transport. And they inspect the meat before and after transport.
How does a reefer work?
The main purpose of a reefer isn’t to cool the freight inside but to keep it at its required temperature. Trailer walls are insulated with foam insulation and a heavy-duty seal is used around the door to help seal out external heat and in some cases, the reefer trailer roof uses a reflective material that helps decrease heat absorption from the sun. The reefer also has to remove heat from inside the trailer as well as any that comes in when the door is opened. This is accomplished using a refrigeration system that is affixed to the front of the trailer.
The refrigeration system typically uses a four-cylinder diesel engine to provide power, although emissions standards and rising fuel costs have led to battery, electric, and hybrid refrigeration units being put into service.
Newer reefers offer multi-temperature refrigeration in one trailer. This system utilizes one power source and movable partitions to create up to three temperature zones for hauling up to three types of freight with different temperature requirements.
Cannonball Express Transportation
Cannonball Express Shipping Company has been providing top-of-the-line service at a reasonable rate. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, we provide nationwide refrigerated LTL services, as well as, local delivery services. Contact us today!
Nationwide Shipping Company Services:
Local Shipping Company Services:
- Refrigerated LTL deliveries in the lower 48 states
- Refrigerated Cross dock
- Redelivery Services
- Truckload & LTL Capabilities
- Cross dock
- Warehouse and Distribution capabilities from multiple Omaha Locations