Milk & Dairy
Cold chain logistics must be carefully monitored and managed in order to maintain high quality milk and dairy products. Any breach of the cold chain can have a severe impact on product quality, causing problems such as sourness, unpleasant taste and odor, texture and appearance problems, aggregation, color changes, pH reduction, and health risks associated with bacterial growth.
The recommended temperature for preserving optimal freshness and taste in milk and dairy products is 0-4° C (32-36° F). Maintaining this narrow temperature range is critical during every stage of transport from the dairy farms to the supermarket shelves. Studies have shown, for example, that every 2 °C (35° F) increase in the storage temperature of milk reduces its shelf life by 50%. Statistically, breaks in the milk and dairy cold chain occur most often during truck loading/unloading and supermarket stocking.
The Xsense® end-to-end cold chain monitoring system minimizes the risks to milk and dairy quality and helps prevent wastage by providing real-time information for immediate or long-term ameliorative action, as necessary.