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Temperature Monitoring



There is a legal requirement to fit an automatic temperature recorder to any vehicle used for the primary distribution of frozen food. A primary distribution vehicle is one which carries foodstuffs from one cold store to another, with the exception of deliveries made to a back-up cold store room or a retail outlet, which are considered to be part of 'local distribution'.


Operators should be able to supply enforcement officers with evidence of the manufacturer's specification for any instrumentation being used, together with a current certificate of calibration for the measurement system. During transit, detailed examination of the load, other than checking of the air temperature monitoring record, is not possible without suitable refrigerated facilities. It is therefore recommended that, where possible, checking of the load temperature takes place either at the beginning or the end of a journey.

1. Automatic air temperature monitoring equipment should be fitted to all refrigerated delivery vehicles since this is the most practical means of providing adequate defence of 'due diligence' if there is a temperature related problem.


2. Automatic air temperature monitoring equipment does not normally provide a means of recording product temperature, but does give a good indication of the performance of the vehicle refrigeration system.


3. It is a mandatory requirement to fit an automatic temperature monitoring device to record air temperature in vehicles used in primary distribution of quick-frozen foodstuffs.


4. Within transport, an automatic air temperature monitoring device must be approved by the competent authorities of the country in which the transport equipment is registered, and should have a current certificate of calibration valid for the range of temperatures it normally measures


5. Temperature recordings must be dated and stored by the operator of the distribution vehicle for a minimum of one year.