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The Importance of Cold Chain Logistics Packing Under COVID-19

May 15,2021

The Importance of Cold Chain Logistics Packing Under COVID-19

In recent years, cold chain logistics has received increasing attention and importance from the industry. Since the end of 2019, the importance of cold chain packaging has been more acutely recognized during the spread of this COVID-19 epidemic.

In response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 found in Wuhan's South China Seafood Market and the subsequent contamination of salmon in Xinfadi Market, Li Ning, Deputy Director of the National Centre for Food Safety Risk Assessment, made it clear that the overall positive rate of nucleic acid detection for the New Corona virus in China's cold chain food and its outer packaging was low, with a positive rate of 0.48 per 10,000 in national sampling and monitoring, and was mainly due to contamination of the outer food packaging.

The cold chain should not only be a temperature-control supply chain, it also should be a green supply chain. The meaning of green, as far as cold chain packaging is concerned, includes two levels, one is what we usually call environmentally friendly, i.e. pollution-free as well as recyclable; the other is hygiene and epidemic prevention.

The cold chain packaging has some special requirements compared to the packaging of ordinary products: firstly, it has high requirements for low temperature resistance; secondly, it has high requirements for material safety, considering the particularity of cold chain logistics, the material requirements for packaging are generally food and drug grade. Therefore, it means that all the outer packaging materials that have contact with food and drugs belong to special packaging.

Generally speaking, the cold chain logistics packaging includes 3 key links: cold room, refrigerated vehicles and insulation box.

As the most important equipment in the cold chain, the refrigerated vehicles can be regarded as the second largest cold chain packaging. The basic requirement for hygiene and epidemic prevention is one word: disinfection.

So how can refrigerated vehicles be better disinfected? A good illustration of this is the findings of a study carried out by Qin Yuming, Secretary General of the Cold Chain Committee of the China Federation of Logistics, at Foton Automobile Co.

To better ensure the freshness and safety of transported ingredients, BAIC Foton upgraded its main reefer truck Omak - the Cold Chain Star product, with an ultraviolet killing device, which means that while the vehicle is pre-cooled before transport, the ultraviolet device is switched on to effectively kill bacteria and viruses in the cargo compartment through 30-45 minutes of ultraviolet radiation, providing a safe and clean transport environment for the fresh food to be transported and guaranteeing the safety of the goods This provides a safe and clean environment for the fresh food to be transported and ensures the safety of the goods.

After the transport is completed, the UVC serialization unit is switched on again for 30 minutes to disinfect the refrigerated vehicle box, which not only ensures the safety of the single fresh food transport, but also minimizes the potential spread of harmful bacteria, thus ensuring the safety of the cold chain transport by closing the loop of disinfection in the single transport process.

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