An outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) this past November (2014) has resulted in a slower export market for spent hens, as importing countries are being especially cautious with the poultry meat products brought in to their markets. The current conditions have led to falling prices and increased demand for temporary refrigeration at processing plants and wholesale distribution outlets.
The difficulty with raw milk is the fact that it contains the natural bacteria present in the animals producing it. While this natural bacteria is not necessarily harmful in and of itself, it can become harmful if it is allowed to multiply. In addition, poor hygiene practices at the local level can introduce additional bacteria that could be harmful. Proper cold storage can prevent such contaminants from proliferating in raw milk supplies.
The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has issued a new consultation regarding leak-checking standards for refrigeration systems in light of stiffer F-Gas regulations for 2015. The consultation suggests that as many as 425,000 new refrigeration systems will have to undergo changes in their leak checking regimes. Furthermore, equipment owners will be required to set up a system for monitoring potential leaks in the future.
We often talk about emergency fridge rental for customers who find themselves in unexpected situations. And it's not without reason. One never knows when an emergency will shut down a refrigerator or freezer unit just when you need it most. A recent fire at a Somerset factory provides a good illustration.