Abiding by safety standards is as critical as optimal routing

Companies responsible for transporting food products need to ensure their drivers are taking the most direct route possible. Planning the optimal routes can also allow these companies to cut down on transit time, spend fewer hours planning routes and even save on fuel costs. Correct routing can also ensure deliveries are made on schedule and clients are satisfied.

While these businesses may be eager to employ route planning software to achieve these goals, they cannot neglect to abide by government safety standards in the process.

Safety goals lead to more inspections
A recent crackdown in Pennsylvania revealed multiple food transporters were not in compliance with government mandates, according to recently released data from the state. During Operation Code Refrigerated Enforcement Detail (Code RED), which took place in late April, Pennsylvania troopers and inspectors from the Department of Agriculture conducted checks on 395 transporters statewide to determine if carriers were in compliance with safety standards.

"The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is committed to food safety from farm to fork, and Code RED helps ensure food remains safe temperatures while in transit," said George Greig, secretary of the state's Department of Agriculture. "Code RED helps keep food in transit fresh and safe for our restaurants, retailers and consumers."

While the inspections led to 115 traffic citations and 259 safety violation warnings, they also turned up several carriers that failed to employ the necessary food safety transportation measures. A total of 10 transporters were identified as violating these laws. Seven were discovered to have unsanitary cargo areas, while the remaining three were found to be transporting food at potentially dangerous temperatures.