Perishable Goods Inspection
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Perishable goods must be transported in accordance with strict guidelines, usually in temperature controlled environments. Damaged or degraded produce is usually discovered by the receiver.
Our office may receive instructions from any of the parties involved, including the receiver, shipper and insurers of those parties. Our role in such situations is to ascertain the condition of the cargo, determine the extent of losses and evaluate potential losses.
Typical inspections include a degree of detective work and collation of information from all available sources in order to determine the cause and responsibly for any damaged produce. In order to achieve this we must collect reports from the parties involved, obtain container temperature logs and assess the integrity of the cold chain, identify likely sources of contamination and explore the natural ripening and decomposition processes involved.
Our surveyors have undertaken cargo claims management training specifically related to refrigerated cargo. We possess a vast database, which details the storage and transportation guidelines for all types of fresh produce and typical diseases and defects encountered.
As part of the investigation process it is sometimes necessary to outsource laboratory testing. This tool can be used to assess the extent of bacteria and disease development and allows us to understand timeframes, which can determine whether defects are attributable to transportation or pre-delivery.
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