In-plant inspectors in federally-inspected meat plants are satisfactorily inspecting trucks that distribute meat and meat products In other food plants, inspections are more random and could be improved. Some truckers claim bias and lack of consistency in the acceptable degree of cleanliness. Refrigerated trucks on the road today are better than they have ever been before, and there are more of them. However, not all trucks meet the minimum standards of temperature protection and cleanliness. Food sanitarians can do a better job of checking trucks for their ability to safely transport perishable cargo, which would result in less claims damage and loss to both carrier and shipper.

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1Presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the International Association of Milk, Food, and Environmental Sanitarians, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 21–24, 1972.