The cold storage business in Libya is a set of standards and procedures that ensure the ideal atmosphere of cool or cold temperature. During the storage and distribution of thermolabile or perishable products, through pre-cooling systems, refrigeration chambers, or refrigerated transport. For their conservation at recommended temperatures with which the optimal state of the properties and characteristics of such products is maintained or, in the case of drugs, their effectiveness, and maximum potency.
The cold storage business in Libya is just one of the various processes, within the logistics universe called supply storage:
What is the supply storage?
In Tripoli, it is the set of processes and standards at the local, national or international level, used for logistics or planning and management, of the flow of products and raw materials, effectively between manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and consumers, including all control processes and improvement needed for storage and distribution.
Cold storage in logistics:
Cold storage in Benghazi, is defined as a process of handling products to ensure that they remain within specific temperature ranges from the production phase to their delivery to the final consumer.
As a result, several countries have strict regulations and standards, which involve the different actors in the supply store, from producers and transporters to distributors, in the mandatory implementation of cold storage in food, medicines, and products that so require it.
However, there are countries where its implementation at the local level is not yet regulated, to ensure the optimal condition of the products. The export trade sectors are the ones who mainly validate this process, since breaking the cold storage can generate various problems, from wastage and rejection of merchandise to public health, such as the following:
– The premature deterioration of the product and with it its expiration or rotting.
– Loss of organoleptic properties (taste, appearance, nutrients, etc.).
– Proliferation of bacteria and microorganisms harmful to humans that reproduce in relatively temperate environments.
– Loss of potency or efficacy in the case of medications
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Temperature monitoring in the cold storage:
Avoiding breaking the cold storage is one of the main obligations of the logistics manager, through monitoring the temperature conditions during storage and transfer of products.
In Misrata, let’s see how cold storage monitoring is carried out, what products are exposed to this contingency and what are the weak points in the supply store where extreme vigilance is necessary.
How is temperature monitoring done?
Temperature monitoring for the cold storage in Sabratah at present is carried out using one or more electronic equipment sensitive to temperature changes and called thermographs, strategically placed, by its user manual, to perform the following functions:
– Record, in degrees Celsius or degrees Fahrenheit, of the variations or stability in the temperature of a certain volume of space with a controlled atmosphere.
– Graphic storage of records, deliverable as PDF or CSV documents.
– Depending on the modality or type of thermograph, it can also send alerts when it detects any variation in temperature considered harmful for the conservation of the cold storage
What are the highly sensitive products to breaking the cold storage?
The most sensitive products to a break in the cold storage area, fundamentally, three:
– Perishable foods, such as fruits and vegetables, or meat and fish that are not processed or frozen.
– Frozen foods, including both fresh and precooked.
– Thermolabile (heat-altering) drugs, especially certain vaccines that must be kept refrigerated to ensure their effectiveness.
At what critical points can the cold storage be broken due to a lack of adequate monitoring?
In Derna within the different tasks that comprise the supply storage in logistics, there are four critical phases in which the probability of breakage of the cold storage increases:
– Loading and unloading:
The loading and unloading of food and pharmaceutical products must be carried out as quickly as possible to avoid prolonged exposure to ambient temperatures or outside the interval established in the cold storage business in Libya.
With the constant control of the temperature in the cold storage business in Libya, the area is essential to act quickly in the face of any unforeseen event that could break the cold storage.
It is important to have means of transport available to move goods that, in addition to maintaining stable conditions of temperature and humidity, protect their integrity.
– Distribution and sale:
In the cold storage business in Libya, even if care has been taken with the cold storage throughout the supply process, a failure in the last link, that of distribution and sale to the public, can be catastrophic.
The role of temperature in cold storage business in Libya:
Temperature plays a key role in Khoms in ensuring the safety of perishable foods, such as beef. Lowering the temperature considerably reduces the speed of reproduction of the vast majority of microorganisms (decomposers of food and causes of diseases), preventing its population from increasing, since the cold acts on its metabolism, slowing it down (in refrigeration) until it stops (at -18 ° C).
The cold also acts by totally or partially inhibiting altering processes such as the metabolic degradation of food proteins and other enzymatic reactions, with the consequent delay in the decomposition of the food itself.
Cold storage consists of the constant control of the temperature throughout the supply storage of food, from its production to its consumption, keeping it in the same temperature range.
It is called a “storage” in Tobruk because it is made up of different links, from the handling of raw materials, processing, storage, distribution, storage at the point of sale, display, and until reaching the final consumer.
Each link that makes up the cold storage is extremely important since it ensures that the products will reach the useful life that allows adequate marketing of the food.
When it is exposed to temperatures above 4 ° C in Sirte, it causes negative sensory attributes such as changes in texture and discoloration; in addition to favoring the growth of bacteria that can cause diseases to humans. A study carried out by experts in Sabha, mentions that if a refrigerated product is between 7 and 10 ° C, the shelf life is reduced by half.
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Each sector of the food supply storage is responsible for maintaining the cold storage, for which they must implement controls with which temperatures of equipment and products are verified, risk conditions are identified and effective corrective actions are taken.
The necessary knowledge:
There are several types of cold room installations, namely combined cold rooms (for several types of food), industrial cold rooms, and modular cold rooms (a type of small cold room that can be broken down into modules for better adaptation to refrigerated storage needs).
The specificities of a cold room take into account the dimensions of the cold room, the humidity of the storage space, the products to be stored, the capacity of the storage unit, the temperature required (cold, negative, or multi -temperatures), insulation material, refrigeration capacity.
There is a wide variety of food choices such as fruits, poultry, fish, meat, vegetables. You can choose a product to start with and expand your service later.
At nsspl.in, we advise our cold storage business in Libya clients in the temperature monitoring section, so that their cold storage control (which depends on them or their logistics provider), is carried out successfully.