It’s estimated that carriers incur an annual loss of six per cent due to spoiled cargo, at an average loss of $100,000 per incident. In general terms, approximately 12 per cent of food waste occurs during distribution, mainly due to refrigeration issues.
In transportation, food contamination can be caused by unsanitary vehicle or equipment, from prior food cargo, and improper temperature control. The new focus of the FDA is prevention of these issues. Carriers, shippers and receivers have direct responsibility for maintaining food safety under the Food Safety Management Act (FSMA).