Cold Chain Maintenance Brainstorming
I read the sour dahi case and I agree with Rahul Saxena ji that the distributor, retailer, local shop wala don't maintain the cold chain and this may result in unusable end product of nestle, britania, mother dairy.
I suggest we have a brainstorming here on how manufacturers should ensure cold chain when appointing supply chain and this means also ensuring the end seller has back up power or doesnt turn off fridge at night when they go home. many do, leading to dahi and chocolates spoiling.
I have bought a cadbury dairy mil many times only to find that the chocolate melted completely and was again frozen. the markings are gone and there is a white layer on top.
Also fssai must intervene in the discussion on how good regulations can be developed or may be even food retailers can be certified those who have proper cold chain facilities, knowledge and compliance. the involvement of the local food inspector and food commissioner is also very important in this discussion. more
Avoid shop that do not keep such products that have shortest of shelf life proper refrigeration arrangements. more
Different milk products need different temperature for preservation.Milk and Curd at 5c. Cheese ,Panner etc at deep frozen temperature of -5c to -15c. Frozen vegetables like frozen green peas and processed frozen food -15 c to -18 c. In our country the cold chain itself is not yet fully established. Many times we will find all products stored in the same refregirator/ freezer even in major departmental stores. To ensure that the freezer is not switched off during transit or storage FSSI can insist on Data Loggers installed on manufacturers cold rooms, Frozen transport trucks and freezers in departmental stores. Data logger is a simple device like a pendrive are available from Rs 2000 and if installed will continuously record cold room Temperature hourly. The data can be transferred to a computer on weekly basis. For smaller outlets dataloggers can be in built on the freezers itself and data can be monitored once a month. Freezer manufacturers should ensure that small commercial freezers are supplied with dataloggers. more
Simple problem. I should say it is a concern contributed by the buyer and seller equally. Buyer:- His idea is to sell the product. The representative unloads and fill in the chiller/ chest various sizes and brands of dahi/ allied products. The vehicle distributing the product may have chiller facility maintained. But who care for the shop where it is dispensed? If their fridge/ chiller is not well maintained the quality goes down.
Buyer: Within certain time the dairy product purchased should be back in the fridge. If delayed we are allowing to get it sour. Later even if it is cold the sourness shall appear. It is not the expiry date. more
We lack basic facilities like electricity availability for 24 hours,and hence talking of cold storage is far dream for common man.Country has to rise above petty politics and improve basic infrastructure.Specially bimaru states. more
One simple solution is to have dedicated vehicles which have the freezing mechanism shoud be made compulsory for storage and transport. No sub distributor should accept such products from ordinary vehicles. And should also maintain the records for this. more