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#1 Olivier Perrier-Maurel

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 05:46 PM

Hello everyone,

I was wondering how you people go about answering section 6.11.3.2 of the SQF code.

What method did you put in place to insure that temperatures are logged regurlarily. Use of data loggers ? If so could you please submit some of the brands you are using ?

Thank you for your help on this.



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Posted 21 January 2011 - 01:08 AM

SQF: 6.11.3.2 The refrigeration unit shall be operational at all times and checks completed of the unit’s operation, the
door seals and the storage temperature at regular intervals during transit.

  • Refrigeration unit is part of regular internal & external calibrations
  • Transport vehicle is part of regular GMP checks
  • On the Vehicle Checks form, specify timely checks during transit
Record temperatures during loading and each unload

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#3 Olivier Perrier-Maurel

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Posted 25 January 2011 - 12:52 PM

Thanks JACKMQA,

If I understand correctly your answer, you would only be recording temperature upon loading and unloading. No recording during transport ? Because for the moment, it is not possible for us to have the truck stop and have the driver go and record a temperature on the road.

Would a risk assessment be legible for this part of the code. Say if we could demonstrate that the time needed to transport the product from plant to plant is not sufficient to warm the product if the refrigeration unit fails ?

Thanks again



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Posted 26 January 2011 - 06:17 PM

We use the Sensitech Ryan EZT 5 Day data logger. There are other similar products avail. 3 day, 10 day etc. Check out www.sensitech.com. The unit has adhesive tabs so that it can be attached to finished product. The cost is about $20 per unit when ordering a case at a time. The case comes with 20 or 30 units. Customers like it because they have a paper copy of the temperature during transit, stops, etc. There is a 3 copy tab on top that can be filled in by your company date time product po# shipper time carrier driver signature. Each unit has its own serial number. We attach a copy of the temp recorder tab directly to the bill of lading so that the unit number is directly traceable to that shipment. We have used them for 7 years and I have been very pleased with them. It really is a small price to pay for the peace of mind knowing the product's temperature has not been abused.


Hello everyone,

I was wondering how you people go about answering section 6.11.3.2 of the SQF code.

What method did you put in place to insure that temperatures are logged regularly. Use of data loggers ? If so could you please submit some of the brands you are using ?

Thank you for your help on this.



#5 Charles.C

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 12:36 AM

Dear sqf girl,

Thank you for the info.

Yr last sentence looks very much like the end of an advertisement ? :dunno:

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Posted 01 February 2011 - 02:27 AM

Thanks JACKMQA,

If I understand correctly your answer, you would only be recording temperature upon loading and unloading. No recording during transport ? Because for the moment, it is not possible for us to have the truck stop and have the driver go and record a temperature on the road.

Would a risk assessment be legible for this part of the code. Say if we could demonstrate that the time needed to transport the product from plant to plant is not sufficient to warm the product if the refrigeration unit fails ?

Thanks again


Hi Olivier,

Yes, recording is at loading and unloading. Also, when the vehicle is switched on, the temperature is up and running, there is the initial record before the goods are placed in the vehicle.

I agree it isn't a likely response to stop the vehicle to check the temperature as is somewhat suggested in the SQF.

What sqf girl suggested sounds great. I guess your temperature logging procedure would depend on the following factors:

  • how often you distribute; how many days per week
  • how much stock is distributed
  • type of product (level of high risk) distributed
  • how often the vehicle stops per shift; number of drop offs per shift
  • quality of the vehicle and your level of confidence in its refrigeration units
Hope this helps.

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