August 6, 2017 Storage Settings

For dry good distributors it is vital to have an expert dry storage facility look after your products when storing types of products that need specific storage settings, so to best protect the quality of the products.

Items that need dry storage need ambient temperatures that are low in humidity and, obviously, are not too hot or too cold as these settings prevent spoilage. Products can include foods like dairy; milk powder, animal feeds; grains and chemicals such as fertilisers.

Generally a food that requires dry storage is a product that will have a long shelf life, as long as it isn’t contaminated. There are many ways to preserve the shelf life of a product such as increasing acidity in the item, sterilising and decreasing the amounts of moisture in the product. Once this has been performed on the item it is the storage of the product that will keep the product at its best for longest.

Milk powder is an item that needs dry storage to maintain its quality and be safe for human or animal consumption. Milk powder is a product that is very sensitive to its environment as temperatures, moisture, aromas and light can affect the vitamins in the product. For example vitamins can be broken down rapidly if exposed to light and high temperatures. To make the most of this product it is best to use a dry storage facility. The item alsoneeds specific airtight containment with oxygen removed to go along with the dry storage process. Professional dry storage handlers will keep the product at an acceptable temperature and humidity level.

The dry storage of grains comprises of products like flour, rice and animal feed, which all need to be in sealed containers to, once again, prevent moisture contamination as well as contamination by insects and rodents. Grains, like flour, require dry storage in cool temperatures and very low humidity levels so bugsthat can survive in the grain from the milling processes can’t breed and pollute the product. Damp atmospheres can also spoil grain products in, as little as, three days so dry storage is crucial.

Chemicals are products that also require dry storage environments, particularly when they are being kept in large quantities. For example fertilisers need dry storage facilities to have temperatures and humidity levels managed by dry storage handlers. They also require safety procedures to prevent the goods from contaminating the environment. For example if a fertiliser spilt during it’s dry storage the good could easily get into drains and into water supplies thus polluting water supplies of animals and humans, all while destroying water life.

To stop spills of goods during the dry storage process the dry storage facility should host a safe environment for the products being stored. Actions to prevent spillscould be to keep dangerous products, like the fertiliser, away from drains leading to waterways and in trays with raised curbs around the good to contain spills if they were to happen.

Whether it is in the tonnes or in smaller quantities a dry storage facility will be able to maintain the requirements of your product, during its dry storage period. All while following safety procedures for the good itself and the environment around it.

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