By: Derek Byrd, Evans Distribution Systems
Selecting a food grade warehouse can be a challenge. Since many warehousing companies have lots to offer, there is a lot of information to pay attention to. Here are a few things to look for when selecting a food grade warehouse for your company.
There are a few types of food storage warehouses. Dry storage, frozen food storage and refrigerated storage are the three most common types of food storage warehouses. Depending on your needs, these are the most likely options for food warehousing.
Dry storage warehouses provide options for food items that do not need to be temperature regulated. The dry storage warehouse provides a clean, dry environment for foods such as rice, oats and grain.
Frozen food storage warehouses are designed to handle perishable foods and other foods that require freezing for any reason. These warehouses must maintain a constant freezing temperature to ensure the food remains frozen.
A refrigerated warehouse provides cold storage for foods and other products that need to be kept under a certain temperature. These warehouses must guarantee the storage area temperature does not freeze the food, or allow it to get too warm.
One of the most important factors, regardless of the type of facility, is the cleanliness. It is imperative for food storage that the facility is clean and well maintained so it does not grow bacteria, fungus or create any other health hazardous situations.
Another consideration is the condition of the building. Food grade warehouses should have very strict regulations. The more well maintained the building is, the less likely there will be pests or rodents to contaminate the food. The building should not have holes, cracks or other ways for unwanted critters to enter. As well, the property around the building should be well maintained to keep pests out of the building.
Although proper building maintenance measures are taken to reduce the ability of pests and rodents entering the facility, a pest control plan is a must for food grade warehousing. The facility should have ongoing and proactive pest control inside the building, as well as outside. Traps, chemicals and even personnel should be used to keep pests and rodents out of the facility.
The quality of the operation, building and staff play a big role in finding the right food grade warehouse. Keep in mind that food grade warehouses should be registered with the FDA and up to date with local food safety inspections.
Check out https://www.evansdist.com/food_warehouse.aspx for information on food grade warehousing options.