Healthy Trailer LLC claims to have scientific research to establish that its trailer sanitation service helps carrier companies comply with the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Fresh food producers and recipients are beginning to take a closer look at the distribution chain, not only to comply with the FSMA’s Sanitary Transportation Rule but mostly because consumers prefer their fresh fruit to be transported in sanitary containers.
According to a survey of Healthy Trailer’s customers, 40% of food carriers do not maintain trailers or supervise sanitary practices on a regular basis. Simple measures such as sweeping, water, or even chemical-based washes aren’t enough, according to the business, even when trailers are washed in between deliveries.
Water washing leaves moisture behind, which encourages the growth of bacteria. Chemicals can harm vehicles and leave material behind, even if they completely remove hazardous bacteria.
Healthy Trailer LLC, which was founded in 2018, designed a system based on known best practices and techniques used for the food and healthcare sectors.
The resulting inner trailer cleaning system uses a multiple-step procedure with a chemical-free automated wash cycle that uses different spray bars, then a pressured air drying cycle, and finally a UV treatment designed specifically for Healthy Trailer by UV sanitation specialists to kill unsafe pathogens that can accumulate on food trailer areas.
Each customer receives a Healthy Trailer Clean certification that can be used to comply with the FSMA’s paperwork requirements.
The company collaborated with Lighthouse Food Quality and Safety to validate its efficacy of trailer sanitation service, and this year accomplished the very first stage of a third-party evaluation of their patent-pending trailer cleaning system (trailer sanitation service).
The microbiological assessment was carried out to determine the microbial population numbers and to show that the Healthy Trailer method significantly reduced the microbial strain.
Trailers for fresh field product transport from farm to processing facility and over-the-road, long-haul trailers bringing fruit to food service, commercial, and wholesale organizations contain variable amounts of microbial population, according to the findings.
The data shows that the Healthy Trailer procedure does decrease bacteria levels, according to the business, after taking samples before and after the cleaning process in trailer sanitation service.