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The 2-Hour/4-Hour Rule And Transporting Hazardous Food: What You Need To Know

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Uncategorized |

According to Australian food standards, businesses must observe strict rules when it comes to handling, storing or transporting potentially hazardous foods. Businesses must keep hazardous foods under strict temperature controls, but it’s not always easy to understand how this applies at different stages during the food preparation process. Learn more about the 2-hour/4-hour rule, and find out how this method applies when you transport potentially hazardous food.   About potentially hazardous foods Potentially hazardous foods meet two criteria. These criteria are: The product may allow food-poisoning bacteria to multiply. The product may contain food-poisoning bacteria that may multiply. Examples of potentially hazardous foods include raw and cooked meat, dairy products and processed fruit. Dried or canned foods are not such a problem, but they may become potentially hazardous if you prepare or mix them in other ways. As such, strict vigilance is necessary at all times when you prepare, store or transport food. The challenge businesses face Many businesses need to prepare foods in one place and transport them to other venues to sell or for onward consumption. As soon as a food product becomes potentially hazardous, food hygiene regulations apply. Specifically, you must make sure potentially hazardous foods stay at or below 5 degrees or at or above 60 degrees. Between these temperatures, hazardous bacteria can start to multiply. As you move food around, it’s sometimes difficult to strictly maintain these temperatures. In these situations, the 2-hour/4-hour rule can help. How the 2-hour/4-hour rule works The 2-hour/4-hour rule acknowledges that you may need to move potentially hazardous food products in and out of ‘safe’ temperatures. This rule helps you understand what you can do with food products, according to how long they stay out of the ‘safe’ zone. The rule looks at the total time the food stays between 5 and 60 degrees. For a period under 2 hours, you can refrigerate or use the food. Harmful bacteria won’t have enough time to multiply. For a period between 2 and 4 hours, you can use the food, but you can’t refrigerate it anymore. For a period over 4 hours, you must dispose of the food. Provided you stay within these guidelines, you will not breach food standards. So how could this apply to a ‘real’ business? An example to consider If you own a sandwich shop, you may need to prepare, pack and then transport sandwiches. At various times, you may need to take potentially hazardous products (like meat, cheese or fish) out of the safe temperature zone. A few key points to consider: You would have to make sure that you prepare each batch of sandwiches within two hours if you work at room temperature and you then want to refrigerate them for sale elsewhere. If you don’t have refrigerated transportation, you would need to prepare AND ship your sandwiches to their next destination within a 2-hour period, unless you plan to sell them for consumption within a further 2-hour period. If your products are EVER out of chill for more than 4 hours, you cannot sell them. For example, if your refrigerated transport is not working, you would have to carefully consider how far away you need to move the sandwiches, accounting for the preparation time taken and the time the products will stay on sale at the...

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What to Ask When Arranging an Airport Shuttle or Transfer

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized |

An airport shuttle or transfer can be a great way to get from the airport to your hotel and back again without having to rent a car for that short drive. Some shuttle services even go back and forth to popular destinations near the airport, such as a large office complex, convention center, sports arena, and the like. When you’re ready to arrange an airport shuttle or transfer, note a few questions to ask about the service so you know what to expect. 1. Ask how they calculate your pickup time An airport shuttle should never use your flight’s landing time as their pickup time, as flights can be early or late, and of course you need time to get through customs if necessary and to pick up your luggage. A good shuttle service today will track flights in real time over the internet and then usually allow half an hour or more for you to depart and get your bags. Always check on how they calculate your pickup time so you know they won’t simply leave because your flight is late. 2. Note how many stops they will make A shuttle service is not like a private car that takes you and only you directly to your destination. Instead, it may stop at several gates at the airport and more than one hotel or other such location. After a long flight, you may not appreciate having to sit in a shuttle for hours while it makes all these trips, so ask about how many stops they will make. Choose a shuttle with the least amount of stops so you can get to your destination much more quickly. 3. Be sure to ask how to find the shuttle Some airports will have very obvious waiting areas for shuttles outside a gate, but some don’t. You want to ensure you know where the van is located, if you need to look for a certain van number, and the like. This is especially true in smaller airports that may not have dedicated areas for shuttles and transport companies. 4. Ask if they offer a lower fare for a group If you’re traveling with your family or coworkers, don’t assume you need to pay an individual price for each person. Ask if they have a lower fare for a group, and note how many people are traveling with you. This will ensure there is room on the shuttle, and you still save as much money on transport as possible. Keep these questions in mind as you plan airport transfers and shuttle rides, and your trip should go as smoothly as...

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3 Simple Tips for Making a Business Retreat More Enjoyable for Everyone

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’re in charge of a business retreat or seminar or other type of offsite meeting for your company, you want to do everything you can to ensure it’s effective but also enjoyable for employees. While most of your attention will no doubt be given to the material being delivered during the retreat or seminar, you also want to consider a few other important details along the way. Note the following. 1. Keep meals light but varied One common mistake that many persons make when planning business retreats or seminars is providing heavy meals that in turn make employees feel tired and sleepy during the day. It’s good to ensure your employees have plenty to eat when on a retreat or at a seminar so they’re not distracted by hunger, but heavy pasta dishes and fried foods can also make them feel sluggish. Stick to light sandwiches for lunches and healthy snack items such as fruit or cheese and crackers rather than sugary foods. It’s also good to plan a variety of foods, as many more people today are choosing vegetarian and vegan diets, or they may sensitive to gluten or other such additives. Ask your employees about their preferences before making your plans. 2. Plan something enjoyable for everyone A seminar or retreat may not seem very stressful to you, but remember that employees need to take time away from their families, pack a suitcase, and sleep somewhere unfamiliar in order to attend. It’s good to ensure they can relax and enjoy their time away by planning something enjoyable as part of the event. This might be an afternoon of golf for everyone or a guided tour of the city. Be sure the plans are relaxing; after traveling some distance, employees may not want to engage in a challenging sport or exhaust themselves with a walking tour of a museum. 3. Charter a bus or shuttle It’s always good to get a bus or shuttle, either from the airport or to travel short distances. This keeps everyone together so you know they will safely arrive at their hotel or destination. Rather than have the drive time wasted by everyone taking a cab from the airport or driving on their own, you can charter a bus or shuttle and during the drive, review the purpose of the seminar or retreat or use that time in a way that’s otherwise effective. This will keep everyone focused and also make their plans for attending much easier on them overall, since they won’t be responsible for their own transportation. If you have further questions about renting a bus or shuttle, contact your local experts such as Vics Maxi...

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How Truck Movers Can Help You During Your Move

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are planning to relocate from your current address to another one, you will inevitably need the services of truck movers. This article discusses how these professionals can be of great help to you during this stressful time. Advice On The Size Of Truck You Need Most truck movers have very extensive experience in their field. They are therefore capable of giving you the best advice regarding the size of truck that you will need in order to move your belongings safely, by, for instance, considering the square metres in your house to estimate the right size of truck. As an individual, you may be ill-equipped to make this decision on your own since you may be driven by budgetary considerations to hire the smallest truck you can fit your belongings into. This may result in the property being squeezed in so tightly that any movement of the truck causes valuables to be squished against each other. Conversely, you may hire a truck that is so large that most of the space remains underutilised, leading to your belongs banging against each other during transportation. Truck movers help you to avoid these two extremes. Advice On How To Use Your Body As You Lift Boxes Many people sprain their backs or get other injuries as they lift their belongings during a move. This is because they do not know the best way to use their body as they carry different belongings. Truck movers have been in the moving business for years (or decades) so they have learnt the best way to carry loads while reducing the risks of getting injuries. It is this accumulated expertise that they will offer you by demonstrating how to use your legs (instead of your back) to bear the bulk of the weight of what you are lifting. These weight distribution tips will keep you safe from injury or excessive fatigue. Tips On Handling Easy-To-Misplace Items When you work closely with truck movers, you will greatly benefit from their tips on how to handle items that can easily get lost during the relocation. These items include screws for your disassembled furniture and overnight requirements. For instance, truck movers can advise you to put screws for each piece of furniture into a sealed envelope then tape that envelope inside that particular piece of furniture. Screws for your bed can be taped inside a bed-drawer. When you follow their advice, you will have fewer headaches looking for those little items. From the above, it is very clear that truck movers are very important beyond simply providing transportation for your belongings. As you prepare to move, freely interact with these people so that you can benefit fully from their expertise. For more information, contact a company like Dashpine...

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Tips on reducing your freight transport costs

Posted by on Sep 29, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Rising energy prices have significantly hiked the cost of freight. As a vital element of your business, transportation will greatly impact your bottom line. Prudent steps must therefore be taken to minimise the cost of freight. These are: Consolidate your shipping Freight transport rates reduce as the weight of the shipment increases. This means you can save a lot by bundling your shipment together. For example, rather than sending two 300kg shipments in two days, consolidate them into one 600kg load for a better rate. Consolidating your shipments entails careful study of your supply chain. This will determine how shipment can be effectively bundled together, without disrupting the business. Ship early Freight transport costs more if it has to be done on short notice. Carriers will charge less if you ship earlier. This requires organisation and planning, to ensure everything is packed days in advance. Early shipping also ensures your cargo arrives on time. It also lets you avoid air delivery where possible, since this is the most expensive form of freight transport. Pack properly Take your time to pack your cargo according to your carrier’s specifications. Cargo that is improperly packaged is more likely to suffer damage during shipping. Carriers may decline any claim arising from such damage. Furthermore, your carrier may reject improperly packed cargo. The carrier may also choose to repackage, which will incur a hefty surcharge. This is especially true for delicate or fragile cargo, which the carrier thinks is likely to result in a claim. Use a professional if you have problems with packing. You can also opt for shipping crates or pallets, which are easier to pack and more secure. Correct weight and class Invest in a certified scale to weigh your cargo before shipping. This will save you re-weigh charges if your weight estimates are incorrect. You should also ensure you cargo is of the correct freight class. Failure to correctly indicate this on your Bill of Lading will lead to reclassification by the carrier. This will incur a costly surcharge, which can dramatically increase your freight transport costs. Accurate address This may seem straightforward, but many businesses make errors when filling the destination address. A wrong digit in the address can send your cargo to the wrong location. This will attract extra charges that can significantly increase your freight costs. Freight companies, like Jayde Transport, are happy to assist or answer any queries you may have. This is particularly important if you are inexperienced with freight processes. This will save you time and money, by preventing mistakes that could lead to...

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