Markon prides itself on requiring the most stringent food safety measures of our supplier-partners to provide the utmost confidence in every case we ship to our operator customers. Our Five-Star Food Safety Program covers the critical points from field to plate to ensure that Markon fresh produce arrives as promised.
This is the seventh in a 12-part weekly series where we break down the detailed steps Markon takes as well as meet some of the people involved in making it happen.
Markon members are part of the cold chain from our supplier’s facilities to their warehouses and on to operator kitchens. Ben E. Keith’s Corporate Category Director of Produce and Dairy, Shaun Neal weighs in on the importance of Star Three/Transportation and how they contribute to keeping products safe and in the best shape for their customers.
“Single-use temperature recording devices play a vital role in Markon’s 5-Star Food Safety Program. They allow us to verify that proper temperatures were maintained while our produce was in transit from the growing regions to our distribution centers. In their latest iteration, this information is available to us in real-time along with location tracking and alerts for when the desired temperature ranges are exceeded. This gives us the ability to contact the carrier and correct the issue immediately, saving possible damage to the produce. In the event that we cannot correct the issue while in transit, it gives us the information needed to decide whether or not we can accept the product upon arrival. It’s one of the many things that gives us confidence that we are receiving the best quality possible in each case of Markon produce.”