Transporting Cheese 101
According to USA Truckload Shipping, “When shipping cheese, one of the most important details to adhere to is proper shipping and storage temperature.”
One proper way of storing cheese is to confirm there is efficient ventilation. Improper ventilation leads to mold formation and breezes that prove damaging. Cheese is known to be sensitive to odors, for it can take on the odors as an additional flavor. Besides ventilation, removing or storing odorous goods further from the cheese can prevent contamination.
It is also important to note that loading a heavy amount of goods on top of cheese may lead to pressure damage and spoilage. If the packaging breaks, mold can grow, and the cheese would be subject to drying or cracking. When it comes to weight for weigh stations, it is significant to mention that cheese is also subject to a loss in weight. Depending on the type of cheese, it could equate to a 5% loss.
The temperature is an essential factor to take into account when shipping perishables. Cheese needs to be within a specific temperature range when hauled. Serious problems can occur if not handled properly, such as ruined shipments and a significant loss of money.
What happens if cheese is too cold?
At temperatures below 32°F (0°C) cheese is known to dry out and harden. These cold temperatures could also lead to the cheese shrinking in size.
What happens if cheese is too warm?
Most cheese types stored at temperatures over 53.6°F (12°C) for an extended period will cause them to over-ripe or completely spoil. Too much heat causes the cheese to expand in size, rip through the packaging, and form mold (spoil).
In insurance terms, cheese is considered a high-risk food. This consideration is because of the high-risk contamination that can occur. Besides the risks stated previously, other risks that may occur during transportation are:
If you are hauling soft cheeses, please be aware that they are breeding grounds for bacteria, including Listeria and E. coli.
When considering hauling cheese as a commodity, make sure your agent lists it as dairy. If you believe your load may have been contaminated or spoiled at any point in your journey, let your broker and insurance agent know as soon as possible for the general public’s safety.
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