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Digi International addresses FSMA requirements in transportation

By Joseph James Whitworth contact

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Digi SafeTemps service
Digi SafeTemps service
Digi International has introduced Digi SafeTemps to address regulatory requirements.

The provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity products said the subscription-based service is made up of wireless sensors, gateways and software that allow temperature data to be monitored, logged and retrieved independent of the model of refrigeration unit.

Designed with transportation and logistics companies, Digi SafeTemps provides visibility using wireless monitors that automatically generate temperature alerts and reports of perishable goods in the transportation and supply chain process.

US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) rules to prevent contamination require those involved in transporting human and animal food by motor or rail vehicle to follow recognized best practices for sanitary transportation, including properly refrigerating food.

Shippers and receivers must verify that transport units are pre-cooled prior to loading and track temperatures during transit. They must also capture, log and share temperature monitoring data to show end-to-end compliance.

Digi SafeTemps provides an audit of refrigerated trailers, known as reefers. In these, the temperature is controlled by a refrigeration unit that creates and maintains three temperature zones (frozen, refrigerated and ambient temperature).

Kevin C. Riley, COO of Digi International, said the service automates temperature logging and location reporting.

“Requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act present immediate challenges for our customers in the transportation industry.”

Digi International has also created the Digi Smart Solutions group. Created from the Digi Honeycomb, FreshTemp and SMART Temps product lines, the combined group will address the needs of foodservice, transportation and logistics and healthcare industries including pharmacy.

Digi Smart Solutions help organizations comply with public health requirements and food safety regulations set by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Related topics: Food Safety & Quality

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