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CFATS Reauthorization Advances in Congress

During the week of January 14th, House of Representatives and Senate both passed H.R. 251, the “Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program Extension Act”. The legislation will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law and avoid a disruption in the operation of the program. CFATS is administered by the Department of Homeland Security and focuses on security measures at high...

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Upcoming Webinar: Evolution and Improvement in Spacer Technology for Freezing and Storing Palletized Product

Dan Tippmann, Principal Officer of Tippman Innovation and GCCA member, will be hosting a webinar for the Food Processing Suppliers Association on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST.  Hear about: The purpose and intent of pallet spacers The progression in the material and design of pallet spacers  How spacer performance affects freezing and tempering...

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Law Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Unanimously Declares Owner-Operators Exempt from the Federal Arbitration Act

In a case closely watched by the transportation industry, this morning the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in New Prime, Inc. v. Oliveira. The case involved the exemption from the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) for “contracts of employment” with “transportation workers.” Mr. Oliveira worked as an owner-operator under lease to New Prime and later sued the company, claiming he had been...

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Cloverleaf Cold Storage Announces Merger With Zero Mountain

Cloverleaf Cold Storage has entered an agreement to merge with Zero Mountain, a leading cold storage warehousing and transportation company serving customers across its Arkansas locations. With approximately 140 million cubic feet of capacity in nine states, and a presence in all three major protein production corridors, the combined companies will become the fifth largest cold storage...

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Upcoming WFLO Institute Webinar: Reviewing Your Employees & Setting 2019 S.M.A.R.T. Goals That Last

On January 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Jeremy Luray, President and CEO of Plus Delta Consulting, GCCA’s Talent Management Service Partner, will be hosting a webinar titled “Reviewing Your Employees & Setting 2019 S.M.A.R.T. Goals That Last.” The webinar will be the first of the WFLO Institute Webinar: Managerial Development Series. The Webinar program expanded in 2019 to include new webinar series...

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Brant Menswar to Keynote WFLO Institute East and West

  Brant Menswar, an award-winning musician and author of Rock ‘N’ Roll with it: Overcoming the Challenge of Change has been selected as the keynote speaker for both WFLO Institute East and West. The WFLO Institute is a four-day industry-specific program for professionals engaged in temperature-controlled logistics, with over forty classes taught by experts in the industry. Menswar’...

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Considerations for Tempering and Thawing Procedures for Meat Products

A Canadian Member reached out to the GCCA Inquiry Service with a question regarding tempering/thawing meat products for sensory analysis. The WFLO Scientific Advisory Council responded stating that there is no set ‘standard’ that can be applied to all products or situations, since the rate of initial freezing, initial microbial load on the surface of the products, size of the package,...

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Mark Your Calendar - 22nd GCCA European Cold Chain Conference!

The Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) will host the 22nd European Cold Chain Conference on 20-22, 2019 in Brussels, Belgium. This event brings together over 100 top temperature-controlled supply chain leaders from cold storage, transportation, logistics, distribution and construction to share experiences, network and learn operational best practices. Gather as leading industry and business...

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What is the correct procedure to thaw a meat product for sensory analysis?

Question: Our company is currently doing a study of the defrosting of meat products, in order to standardize procedures in order to serve our customer’s needs.  The system of inspection of imported products here in Canada requires us to completely defrost the product (beef trimmings) in order to be able to manipulate it and evaluate its conformity.  However, our company encounter...

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