Few consumers are aware of the journey every item on their dinner plate, or in their pantry and refrigerator, must take en route to the retail grocery, butcher shop, liquor store, and even bakery. That is because food and beverage warehouses are highly regulated facilities. In fact, every link in the food supply chain must be in compliance with strict United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and other regulatory agencies relative to safe food product handling and storage. Five years ago, the regulations regarding the safe unloading and storage of food products in warehouses became even stricter. 2018 was the year that the FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was passed, which focuses on preventing food contamination during its transport, while unloading freight, and throughout warehouse operations. It is essential, then, that warehouse operations and logistics managers team with a reputable, dependable third party vendor for their essential unloading services. That company is Express Freight Handlers.
Express Freight Handlers is the leading firm in our industry, and we specialize in professional unloading services relative to perishable goods. The FSMA Act mandates that food transporters and unloaders take steps to minimize food contamination that may have occurred in transit. Express Freight’s teams unloads perishables, then sorts and segregates the freight, always adhering to mandated health and safety protocols established by the federal government, as part of our business criteria. In short, we are fully accountable for our actions and work in full compliance of every federal, state, and local regulation relative to safe food handling and storage.
How do we ensure compliance? As part of Express Freight Handlers’ standard operating procedures, we record key metrics relative to load data, pallets, food quantity and condition, unload times, temperature, and more. Each metric is recorded on our team supervisor’s tablet to track the performance of our operations. These performance metrics are also of value to logistics and warehouse operations managers, as they can utilize them to remain regulation compliant in other aspects of their supply chain.
Express Freight Handlers has earned our stellar industry reputation for superior and regulation-compliant unloading services one client and one job at a time. Every year, we load and/or unload over a million containers and trailers in over 38 states. We know that the wholesale food industry is primarily responsible for processing, conveying, storing, and distributing the nation’s food supply. Express Freight Handlers is called upon by leading firms -from manufacturers to retailers- to perform this vital task.
We invite you to contact our team to discuss your firm’s unloading of perishable goods requirements. It is important to partner with a company you can rely on job after job. To learn more about how our responsible, dependable, and safe freight unloading services will support your manufacturing, warehouse, or retail business, please contact our team and submit our form.