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According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it is estimated that between 30-40% of the country’s total food supply is wasted each year. One of the biggest factors in this statistic is the spoilage of food during transportation. That’s why the FDA introduced the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to ensure the betterment of the food supply chain and prevent spoilage and therefore food-caused illnesses.

One of the biggest challenges of transporting food is how sensitive it can be to the environment that it’s being transported within. It’s important to consider these variables when accessing one’s cold chain. Maintaining a strong supply chain visibility can ultimately help to decrease spoilage when it comes time for transportation. That means a business is not only getting quicker product updates but also being able to collect that data and determine more outcomes, thus being more proactive.

With Zebra’s line of temperature sensors, there’s a clear line of sight on all environmentally sensitive products. There is an emphasis given to optimizing food supply chains and ultimately helping reduce food waste with tools such as ready-to-use indicators and electronic sensors. With an easy installation process and a proven track record of success, temperature sensors from Zebra can help meet the standards expected of food distributors from the FSMA.

3 Ways a Temperature Sensor Can Help Reduce Food Waste

Monitoring what’s important within the cold chain is now easier than ever and can result in several waste-reducing implications for one’s supply chain. Here’s how a temperature sensor from Zebra can keep food fresh and alert workers to potential spoilage:

  1. Wireless tracking – Electronic sensors will allow companies to wireless monitor each load during the entirety of the shipping and storage process without the need for manual intervention. Getting faster results is easier with Bluetooth v5.2 applications.
  2. Real-time data – Speed is key, and temperature sensors and indicators can provide the most up-to-date updates on produce and other food items. Using this data can help to detect any common issues or patterns and allow for more proactive responses down the line.
  3. Visualizations – Food temperature indicators from Zebra provide an actual visual when a temperature is reached that can potentially impact the freshness of transportable items. This also includes a visual to show whether or not a product is considered edible anymore.

Perishable products, like food, don’t have to be a pain to transport around anymore. At ProCat, we provide distribution solutions that look to not only address expiration dates but handle them in a way to help our consumers. Contact us today to learn more about how we can improve your food service operation.

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